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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Transcript of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Wonderland By: Lewis Carroll Rachel Lauver Exposition Setting Protagonist Pursuit Main Conflict Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was banned in 1931 by Governor of Hunan Province in Hunan, China because animals were treated with the same respect as humans. The ban has been lifted since then. Also suspended in Woodsville High School in Haverhill, New Hampshire for strong language, sexual content and the “derogatory characterizations of teachers and religious ceremonies.” Passage 1 Set in Wonderland, a world of Alice's imagination, animals can speak and everyone claims to be mad Alice, the young girl who dreams up Wonderland Person vs. Society. Alice is constantly being confused by the antagonists (everyone she encounters in Wonderland) they delay her from deciphering Wonderland and herself "Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do; once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading but it had no pictures or conversations in it 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'" In the first lines of the book we see Alice watching her sister reading a book, a task which she herself finds tedious. Immediately, Alice is characterized as a girl who is easily bored and longs for something more adventurous than seeking knowledge. This is the first impression we get of Alice which gives an idea of how she'll react to the strange things that are bound to happen in Wonderland "Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words "EAT ME" were beautifully marked in currants. 'Well, I'll eat it,' said Alice, 'and if it makes me grow larger, I can reach the key; and if it makes me grow smaller, I can creep under the door: so either way I'll get into the garden, and I don't care which happens!'" When Alice first enters Wonderland she has to attempt to get into a garden but she is too short to read the key yet too large to sneak under the door. Alice has the childlike mentality that nothing matters except getting what she wants, she automatically chases things blindly giving no care to her own safety. It is this naivete and curiosity get her into all kinds of trouble. Passage 2 Passage 3 Automatically, it is assumed that Wonderland and the "real world" are complete opposites because it is often described as "curious" and "strange" by Alice. However they are actually quite similar. Because the setting is described to us through the mind of a child it is hard to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality. . . . she was quite surprised to find that she remained the same size. To be sure, this is what generally happens when one eats cake; but Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way. Passage 5 Passage 4 "Who in the world am I?' Ah, that’s the great puzzle." Alice ponders this after she grows into a giant and frightens away the white rabbit. In that moment Alice realizes she isn't in Wonderland to decipher its mysteries but rather her own mysteries. This last line of the book is the thought of Alice's older sister, it serves as characterization of Alice and maybe even provides a theme.The line has a nostalgic feel to it, even though Alice described Wonderland in a nightmarish way her sister was still reminded of the days when she had an imagination like Alice. The mood changed from an imaginative fairytale-like feel to one of nostalgia and longing for "simple joys". Carroll seems to be putting across the message that your childhood and "simple and loving heart" should never leave you. Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after‑time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood; and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago; and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child‑life, and the happy summer days. I do not think that Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland should be banned for any age. It is important for children to read a book about growing up while they are still young. I think banning this book makes people of all ages miss out on an opportunity to read a book that can shape their personalities as well as entertain them. Also, I can't find evidence in the text that displays any of the reasons why it was banned. Alice seeks to learn about Wonderland and learn how to belong there and discover who she is on the way Historical, political, or regional
reasons? The reason Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China in 1931 was because General Ho Chien thought it was an insult to human beings to have animals act in the same manner as us Source: http://newsblaze.com/story/20100403071406ente.nb/topstory.html