Over Analyzing Alice?
Since I have picked up the book The Annotated Alice, it is quite clear we were about to do a lot of analyzing. And just like Lord of the Flies, we quickly did. As I have said, the story Alice in Wonderland is not exactly simple, but not something I would have thought to analyze.
Let me say this: once you start analyzing there is no turning back. You start to see how things connect and then every sentence you keep reading you think, “what does that mean?” or “who does he represent?”. I have learned so much about this story through analyzing it. Although it is cool to learn all this, can it be bad? What I am trying to say is, once you have seen something, it is pretty hard to unsee it. So, is this taking away from the story Alice in Wonderland? When we go back to watch the movie will it come over different? Yes, I know it will. From the beginning we will be thinking about what all we have analyzed.
Also, what about when you go to see the new version by Tim Burton? This project will be fresh on our mind.
Now the most obvious question: Did Carroll really want us to analyze this? He had to be a little crazy, he did love a little girl. Maybe he was just venting out his life in a story. Or maybe he did want people to recognize what he was doing and to start talking about it. He is the only person to ever know.