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Alice vs. Wonderland

November 6, 2009

In class, while having a discussion about chapters three and four, we were talking about Alice inside the White Rabbit’s house, drinking the bottle that said “drink me”. Just as Alice assumed, she grew very big after drinking it, to where she was stuck inside the house and her arm was even sticking outside of the window.

The White Rabbit is confused by this and asks “Now tell me, Pat, what’s that in the window?”

Pat replies with, “Sure, it’s an arm, yer honour!”

As Mr. Long pointed out, everything in Wonderland is abnormal to Alice, but now, maybe, she is the one that is abnormal in their everyday world.

This really stood out to me because I have never thought of this. In some way I think this relates back to real life: Along with lessons being learned, maybe this is a lesson for people reading the book. It might be saying Alice is used to her own world, which she knows as “normal”, but now that she has come into this new Wonderland, everything seems so unreal and strange to her. The moment she is in the house with her arm out of the window, it seems strange to the White Rabbit and to Pat. So the lesson is..

For people to accept that, in the real world, people live differently and may not do things in the same ways as other people do, and we should just accept them for who they are.

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  1. November 15, 2009 3:46 pm

    This is a very good point. Wonderland is a place where unusual things happen all the time. The creatures in Wonderland don’t think that much about it. Something like a giant arm hanging out the window could be ordinary. This all reminds me of our own world. The things that go on in our country, for example, are a lot different from the customs of many African nations. Our world is a good example of a “Wonderland”. Unusual things happen all the time that we simply don’t think about. We need to learn as human beings, that there is no normal. The only thing that can be defined as normal is who you truly are. When someone is simply being who they are we must accept them as normal.

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