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Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land, James and the Giant Peach

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Matt Bennett 11y1 Alice's Adventures in Wonder Land, James and the Giant Peach 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was written by Lewis Carroll in 1865. It was written for children and is a story of a twelve year old girl who falls down a rabbit hole. On her adventures, the protagonist, Alice, comes across many weird and wonderful scenes, sites and characters. She comes across many creatures and animals with anthropomorphic behaviour. The entire story is set in a strange world of continuous change. 'James and the Giant Peach', written by Roald Dahl in 1965, is also a book written for children. It is about a boy called James, who is also the protagonist and is also a similar age as Alice, and he comes across a huge peach. This peach contains giant insects, which talk. There are several similarities between these two stories, including the fact that the protagonist is a child who goes through magical and strange scenes that are packed with fantasy and wonder. Also, the characters that they meet along their way are, in both stories, creatures and animals who behave anthropomorphically. James is taken through many adventures and situations of great excitement. He lives in and lives off the peach which he has become stranded upon whilst floating at sea. Eventually, in the climax of the story, the peach ends out flying over New York City with the aid of Seagulls. ...read more.


"Dinah'll miss me very much tonight, I should think! Dinah my dear! I wish you were down here with me!" Dinah almost adopts the role of the equivalent to James's parents, they're the only people that James ever mentions and the only people he misses, this is the same as with Alice and Dinah. "...if he looked in the right direction, he could see the house he used to live in with his beloved mother and father." These two stories are very similar in plot, scenes and character usage. The characters are very similar between stories; the protagonists are both affected and influenced in the same way by other characters. Different characters that have different relationships towards James or Alice have similar attitudes and react similarly towards the protagonists during the story. A major difference between these two stories is obviously the dates which they were published. With a century between them, the change in the language used is inevitable. The language used in 1865 was very different to that of the language used in 1965 and that is shown very clearly by the way that Alice talks to people and how James talks to people. "...if one only knew..." "What sort of people live about here?" "I should like it very much..." "You make one quite giddy." ...read more.


I find the story stupid and inconclusive as well, when you find out that it is all a dream, this is almost a rushed ending to somehow justify the strange and unrealistic scenes that have unfolded throughout the story. "...she looked at her feet; they seemed to be almost out of sight..." "...chimneys shaped like ears and the roof was thatched with fur." "...the balls were live hedgehogs, the mallets were live flamingos." After reading both stories and comparing the two in their plot, scene structure and character influence, I have come to the conclusion that 'Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland' simply isn't as enjoyed by children as it used to be. It is too out of the ordinary and merely unbelievable. Fantasy works with the imagination, but this story is just too fantastical. The introduction of the animated film has also discouraged children from reading the book, because not as much effort has to be put in just to understand what's happening. This is the case with modern stories as well. For example, the Harry Potter stories are released as films as well as in books, yet many children still enjoy and are inspired to read the books as well as watching the films. Basically 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' has passed its time, and in the modern day requires too much concentrating, hard work and deep thought to be enjoyed. Easily read stories, are easily enjoyed. ...read more.

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