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Are the Rich Getting Richer (or Snobbier)?

Posted in Chapter 7, Deron M.'s Entries, Introduction on November 20, 2009 by Deron Molen

Going all the back to chapter 7, one thing that struck me was how much of a brat Alice acted like during the tea party. She rudely planted herself down in an open seat without even asking if it was taken. The March Hare took offense to Alice assuming that the seat was hers. Alice should have kept quite and apologized for her actions but instead became angry when the Hare got back at her by offering wine that really wasn’t there.

Now flashing all the way back to the introduction. When we are first introduced to the real Alice we learn that she is from a well off upper class English family. The same goes for the imaginary Alice.

Stereotypically, upper class citizens are seen as snobbish. We all know (or should know) that those stereotypes are often very, very inaccurate. In an era where the divide between rich and poor was very steep, could Carroll be trying to convince Alice to not fill the stereotype of the time?

On the other side, Alice could be rude just because she still holds on to her childhood innocence. Children are known for being immature and often rude just because they don’t know any better. As children mature, they are able to avoid situations where they can be misunderstood.

Questions:

Could Carroll be warning the real Alice to not fall into the same trap as the imaginary Alice or is he just illustrating how childhood innocence can sometimes be perceived as rude and immature?

Is he even trying to make a point at all?

Are We Killing Literature?

Posted in Deron M.'s Entries, Introduction on October 29, 2009 by Deron Molen

In the introduction in The Annotated Alice, Gilbert K. Chesterton was quoted as to being extremely fearful to the over-analyzation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He believes that Alice has been “forced to inflict lessons on others” and has become “not only a school girl but a school mistress”.

Martin Gardner, on the other hand, believes that “jokes are not funny unless you see the point of it”.

Both men bring up good points for the two opposing sides.

What do you think?

  • Are we destroying great literary works by over-analyzing them?
  • Should we even analyze stories at all?