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Over Analyzing Alice?

December 3, 2009

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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Miles W III permalink
    December 3, 2009 1:23 pm

    I would say we are over analyzing this children book story. I honestly do not know why we were given the task of analyzing this book. I feel that Carrol was trying to give us a message. If you ask me this message was lost because of all of the analysis. But I will say this was an interesting project for us to take part in.

  2. Brendon O-L. permalink
    December 3, 2009 3:27 am

    I would say we are not over analyzing it. As Carroll himself says through his character the Duchess, “Every thing’s got a moral, if only you can find it.” This practically gives us the right to analyze whatever we want to. He is telling us its there to find. If it wasn’t meant for us to analyze in the first place, then it wouldn’t have been published. It would have just been him and whoever he shared it with. Once he published it, he gave up his control over who read it and what was analyzed. You could say this about any book, but they are made to be read. To fully understand it, it has to be analyzed.

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