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Existentialism: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Anne Jillian Monsanto

on 12 May 2015

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Transcript of Existentialism: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland EXISTENTIALISM What are some existentialist elements in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? By Anne Jillian Monsanto
IB English - 5th period
May 7th, 2013 Irrationality
Awareness of death
Freedom of choice DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE W
:) THE FALL First example of irrationality
Challenging logic
Transition from real world to dream world "Drink me!" EXISTENTIALISM The Stranger vs. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland In The Stranger, Meursault discovers the meaning of his life in his challenges of conventional values of society. In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Alice attempts to find meaning in the nonsensical logic of Wonderland. A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale The Caucus Race Advice From a Caterpillar The Caterpillar Chapter 5 Chapter 1 Chapter 3 The mushroom No intellectual meaning
Social satire Rude A Mad Tea Party Chapter 7 Time Inanimate objects are thought of as humans
Moving time is nonexistent
Becomes a source of puns and comic relief Chapter 8 The Queen's Croquet Ground The game croquet balls = live hedgehogs
mallets = live flamingos
hoops = the card soldiers "Off with their heads!" Who Stole the Tarts? Chapter 11 The trial Jurors Law Alice's Evidence Chapter 12 "You're nothing but a pack of cards!" ...and the conversation Verbal abuse The Cheshire Cat How do you order an execution...when the head is already off? Alice wakes up and Wonderland is only a dream. Curiosity overrides etiquette. "Sir"
Violates conventions of social etiquette This time, food aids Alice.
Helps her grow The March Hare and Mad Hatter are arrogant and rude. They violate social etiquette conventions that Alice has been taught to follow. The game is rigged and there is no way Alice can win. Death is very real and is sometimes inevitable. They only write down irrelevant things. No Wonderland law makes sense. Carroll mocks adult trials.
Laws are ultimately arbitrary. Alice realizes her power and rejects Wonderland's authority.
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