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lunes, 26 de noviembre de 2012

Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
  It tells the story of  a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creaturesIts narrative course and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.
It is told in the form of  DREAM and Carroll uses the third person point of view because in this way he was free to make fun of  and satirize the  standard Victorian didactic ideas.
In fact, this book inaugurated a new era of children's literature in English: books that didn't have to be didactic or moralistic, that didn't teach children lessons. Alice in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass paved the way for many books such as The SpiderWick Chronicles , Harry Potter series, Narnia Chronicles and so on.
In this book rationality is replaced  by the bizarre, everything is unpredictable and disordered.  What makes the story more fun is that Alice tries to apply all her previous "adult" knowledge from the "above world" to the new "under world" she is in and obviously it doesn´t make any sense...
Wonderland is a magic place. Everyone feels free there but it is also a place of bad dreams.It is a fairy land where the Cheschire Cat lives and continuously appears an disappears, where the Mad Hatter moves around and  the place where the  Queen of Hearts and her knaves set their own mad and illogical rules. Animals speak and complain as if they were adults.  It is the place where Alice changes sizes several times and where languages loses its logic and its power to communicate. Wonderland is a chaos, but a lovely one!!!

In the pictures below you can see some of the most famous characters in Wonderland: the White Rabbit, the Dormouse, the Mad Hatter, the Hare, The Cheshire Cat, the Carterpillar, the Queen of Hearts, etc. Let´s describe and compare  them and after reading the book do you remember where do they exactly appear in the story? Do you have a favourite one? Why?
In the book there are many recurrent topics:
- growth into adulthood
- games and learning the rules
- language, logic and absurd language.
- Size changes.
- Surrealism
- Dreams and nightmares
Can you find any of these ideas in the version we have read in class?
Where? Explain the ones you can see and look for examples from the book.

Here you have some famous quotations from the original book, they can help you find the themes suggested above.
Alice.  What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?
Alice  Curiouser and curiouser!
Alice   I wonder if I've been changed think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?' Ah, that's the great puzzle!
Alice  I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, Sir, because I'm not myself you see.
Alice  If it had grown up, it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.
The Cat  We're all mad here.
The Hatter   Why is a raven like a writing desk?
The Hatter  Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at.
The Queen  Off with her head!
The Queen  Sentence first -- verdict afterwards.
Alice  But then, shall I never get any older than I am now? That'll be a comfort, one way -- never to be an old woman -- but then -- always to have lessons to learn!
Doorknob  Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.
Mad Hatter   No wonder you're late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.

In the book we have some nursery rhymes and songs. For example:
The Queen of Hearts she made some tarts all on a summer's day;
The Knave of Hearts he stole the tarts and took them clean away.
The King of Heartscalled for the tarts and beat the Knave full sore
The Knave of Hearts brought back the tarts and
vowed he'd steal no more.

In Central Park East 74th Street in New York we can see a beautiful sculpture of Alice and her friends. Click on the link and listen to this person talking about it and explaining why she likes it.                 Alice´s sculpture in Central Park
1. In which part of Central Park can you find the statue?
2. Which material is it made of?
3. How high is the sculpture?
4. Who is with Alice in the sculpture?
5. How is her hair held?
6. Where is the dormouse?
7. Why is the sculpture very nice for children?
8. Why is the big mushroom nice  for little children to have a rest?
If you feel like reading and listening to the full story here you have the following audio book.

9 comentarios:

Pablo Amor de Miguel dijo...

Hello, I'm Pablo and here are the results of the exercises:

1. In which part of Central Park can you find the statue?
You can find it in the northern end of the conservatory pant.

2. Which material is it made of?
It is made of bronce.

3. How high is the sculpture?
It is eleven feets above the ground.

4. Who is with Alice in the sculpture?
The March Hare, the Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Mushroom Dormouse.

5. How is her hair held?
It is held away with scrunchies and small bows.

6. Where is the dormouse?
Is is situated in front of the Hatter.

7. Why is the sculpture very nice for children?
It is very nice for children because they can explore it and climb on it.

8. Why is the big mushroom nice for little children to have a rest?
It is nice for little children to have a rest because they can have a sit on it.


raul brasero dijo...

1.In which part of Central Park can you find the statue?
You can find the statue in the northern end of the conservatory pant.

2.Which material is it made of?
It is made of bronce.

3.How high is the sculpture?
The sculpture is eleven feets above the ground.

4.Who is wit Alice in the sculpture?
The March Hare,the Hatter,the Cheshire cat and trhe Mushroom Dormouse are with alice in the sculpture.

5.How is her hair held?
Her hair is held with ribbon types and small bows.

6.Where is the dormouse?
The dormouse is in front of the mad hatter on the lower mushroom.

7.Why is the sculpture very nice for children?
The sculpture is very nice for children because they can explore and climb on it.

8.Why is the big mushroom nice for little children to have a rest?
The big mushroom is nice to little children to have a rest because they can have sit on it.

Adrian Barreno dijo...

1. In which part of Central Park can you find the statue?

-You can find the statue in the northern end of the conservatory pant.

2. Which material is it made of?

-It is made of bronze.

3. How high is the sculpture?

-It is eleven feet above the ground.

4. Who is with Alice in the sculpture?

-The March Hare, the Man Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Mushroom Dormouse.

5. How is her hair held?

-It is held with ribbon tides and small bows.

6. Where is the dormouse?

-It is in front of the Man Hatter and a lower mushroom.

7. Why is the sculpture very nice for children?

-It is very nice for children because they can explore it and climb on it.

8. Why is the big mushroom nice for little children to have a rest?

-It is nice to little children to have a rest because they can sit on it.

Daniel Díez :) dijo...

1.You can find this statue in the northern end of the conservatory pant.

2.The statue is made of bronce.

3.It is eleven feets above ground.

4.There are some other characters with Alice in this sculpture that are: the March Hare, the Hatter, the Cheshire cat and the Mushroom Dormouse.

5.Alice's hair is long with ribbon types and small bows.

6.The Dormouse is located in front of the Hatter, in the smallest mushroom.

7.It is nice for children because they explore and climb it.

8.It is nice for children to have a rest on it because they can sit there.

Fantasy dijo...

1. In which part of Central Park can you find the statue?

You can find the statue in the northern of the end of the conservatory pond, is a smaller pond for ducks and sailing boats, at the east of the seventy second street entrance around the pound.
2. Which material is it made of?
The statue was made of bronze.


3. How high is the sculpture?

The sculpture is a twice so high than in the book.



4. Who is with Alice in the sculpture?
Alice is with a group of characters of the book like the mad hatter, the Cheshire cat and the white rabbit.



5. How is her hair held?
Alice held her large hair away from her face.




6. Where is the dormouse?
In front of the mad hatter and in the lower mushroom sits the dormouse.




7. Why is the sculpture very nice for children?
Because they can explored and climb, there are places for little hands and feet.




8. Why is the big mushroom nice for little children to have a rest?
Because they have to used the other mushrooms like steps and in the big they can have a rest.
NICOLE.

Yago Calvo dijo...

1.- It's located in the northern part of the conservatory pond.
2.- It's made of bronze.
3.- It's eleven feet high.
4.- She's with the characters of the tea party, with the magic cat and with her little cat Dina.
5.- Is held with a big ribbon.
6.- It's seating in the lowest mushroom.
7.-It's nice for children cause they can explore and clim.
8.- Because the little children can rest under it.

MARIA BLANCO dijo...

Hi, I'm María. These are the answers to the questions of the blog:
1- In which part of Central Park you can find the statue?
You can find it in the northern end of the consevatory pant.
2- Which material is it made of?
It is made of bronze.
3- How high is the sculpture?
It is eleven feet above the ground.
4- Who is with Alice in the sculpture?
In the sculpture, apart of Alice, also apears the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Mushroom Dormouse.
5- How is her hair held?
Her hair is held with ribbon tides and bows.
6- Where is the Dormouse?
It is located in the small mushroom in front of the Mad Hatter.
7- Why is the sculpture very nice for children?
It is very nice for them because they can explore and climb on it.
8- Why is the big mushroom nice for little children to have a rest on it?
It is nice for children because they can sit down on it to have a rest.

Alejandra dijo...

1. The statues are situated in Central Park in New York. The directions are: North of the east 72 entrance to Central Park and Fifth Avenue. You follow the path along to its north end and you will find the sculptures set within the circle of space out of the trees.
2. The statues are made of bronze.
3. More then twice their life size.
4. Alice is the one in the tea party attended by the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire cat and the dormouse.
5. The hair is held away from her face with a ribbon near the top of her head.
6. The dormouse is situated in front of the Mad Hatter in a lower mushroom.
7. Because every children explores it and climbs upon it. The smaller mushrooms act as steps and the ears of the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and the dormouse are perfect handles to use while climbing and an empty area under the big mushroom provides a secret place for kids to sit.
8. The big mushroom provides a secret place under it for kids to sit.

Ángel Benítez Gómez dijo...

1. We can find the sculpture at the northern end of Consevatory Pond.
2. The sculpture is made of bronze.
3.The sculpture is eleven feet above the ground.
4. In the sculpture, Alice is with the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Chesire Cat and the dormouse.
5. Alice's hair is held with a ribbon.
6. The dormouse is in front of the Mad Hatter, in the lower mushroom.
7. The sculpture is nice for children because they can climb it.
8. The big mushroom is nice for children to have a rest because there's a shady area under it and they can lie and rest there.