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Alice? It’s Me Dinah.

November 7, 2009
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As a class, we have already reached Chapter Six in our reading of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but have only once read about Alice wanting to leave. On p.15 in The Annotated Alice, our little “hero” wondered if she would ever get out of Wonderland, but afterward there has not been a sign of Alice’s intention to get out. When she mentioned her cat, Dinah, all she says is how it would be nice if she was in Wonderland with her. It appears as though Alice has already forgotten about home. Where does that seem familiar?..
Lord of the Flies! In both stories, the characters had been thrown into a new environment that made them question it and themselves. Also in both cases, the characters easily forgot about their homes and any other place before their new environment. In Lord of the Flies, the boys on the island constantly forgot what the purpose of the fire was. In reality, it was to signal a boat or plane of their location, but to them [the boys] the fire became a symbol of safety. What about in Alice’s case? Had all the strange things about Wonderland made her forget about her home and family?
For Jack and the rest of the boys on the island, their priority had become to hunt and kill. Their blood-lust had pushed aside the priority of rescue. In Alice’s situation, reaching the garden has become her priority. Whenever there is a place in the book after Alice escapes a sticky situation, I expect her to say “… Now if there was only a way back up,” but instead all I see is her desire to get to the garden.
My question to you is…
Do you think Alice will ever get to the garden? Or is it just an unreachable thought pushing her through the story.
Don’t understand what I’m talking about involving Lord of The Flies? Well click here for a WikiSummary
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex E. permalink
    December 3, 2009 2:27 am

    Interesting observation, but I cannot logically relate the too story’s together. In Wonderland, Alice is, in an abstract way, home. Wonderland is the way her childish mind works and after getting comfortable with herself and all her crazy ideas, she is returned to reality unscathed. But in Lord of the Flies, the boy will always be scarred by the events that happened on the island and things will never be normal again. This I believe are the most important differences between the two books. However, the characters in both books do lose there way and forget about their original goal.

  2. Scott M. permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:30 pm

    Hmmmm interesting observation. She does seem to forget completely about getting home. Just kind of is pushed aside just like in Lord of the Flies. As for getting to the garden, it may not be the only reason she is going through it. It seems like she is being forced to meet some of the characters. Like they come upon her and meet her, rather then her going to them. This is what I think is pushing her through the Wonderland. Meeting new people and hearing what they have to say, and their seperate stories about Wonderland. This keeps her going. The thought of the garden is in the back of her mind. It’s sort of reminding her every now and again “Hey you need to come and see me!”

  3. Susie C. permalink
    December 1, 2009 12:54 am

    Wow! I never noticed that similarity between Alice and Lord of the Flies before! You are most certainly right. They both briefly remember wanting to get home, but soon forget all about it with a new obsession. For Alice, the obsession is getting into the garden. For the boys, especially Jack, the obsession is hunting.

    We discover in chapter seven that Alice does get into the garden. However, I believe that because this whole story is a dream, it is not unusual for Alice to not be worried about getting home. The rules are different in dreams, and logic rarely works. As we have seen many times, Wonderland (Alice’s Dreamland) is not logical.

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