Do I have to Read it?


While time has evolved, kids and adults alike, are less inclined to check into local libraries for literary enjoyment. As a stark awakening, I find that most children eagerly seek other forms of entertainment in the forms of multimedia such as video games, cable television, film and yes – the Internet, too. While movies, TV, and the Worldwide Web are phenomenal means of artistic and informational conveyance, they do not adequately serve the human imagination.

My first real interest into in-depth novels began when my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Drozdowski introduced our class to William Shakespeare’s play, MacBeth. I found Shakepeare’s works intriguing and viewed his literature as a renewed breath in poetical, literary expressionism. I further immersed myself in other literature like the Nancy Drew series, Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” and Alexandre Dumas’ “The Count of Monte Cristo.”

When we pick up a book, we actively engage and submerse ourselves in the story’s plot. Books allow us to conjure the mind’s unlimited imagination. When we read a book, it enables us to become creative in thought, as we hold complete power as to what the imagination’s eye sees. Whether it’s an evil-looking, Cruella DeVille-type, Lady Macbeth; or as in Hans Christian Andersen’s, ‘The Little Mermaid,’ we could invision an impeccable beauty with long, flowing aquamarine hair. The mind’s eye is infinite.

Today, we virtually have the world at our fingertips. If you are ready to dive into fantasy, sci-fi, drama, philosophy, heroism, suspense, mystery or whatever interests you, there is a world of literature that will not only open your eyes, but will pull you into its characters, its sorrows and laughter…and sometimes, it may even make you believe in fairytales!

If you haven’t done so already, visit your local library or bookstore and get ready for the thrill of your life! It’s waiting for you now.

©Do I have to Read it? by C. Bailey-Lloyd aka. LadyCamelot

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A Close Look At `Alice in Wonderland` Characters

This delightful and timeless story is not simply a light-hearted tale, but a smorgasbord of controversy and depth of meaning. The illustrations are easily recognised and the storyline is well known, but sometimes the meaning behind the characters can be a little ambiguous.

There is a great deal of deviation between the original two books `Alice`s Adventures in Wonderland` and `Through the Looking Glass` and the film versions of `Alice in Wonderland`. Some of the characters that only appear in the sequel, such as the Jabberwocky, creep into the film versions. Although the films and the original stories may differ, the general importance of each character is maintained in the adaptations.

It is often suggested that the character of Alice is based on Alice Liddell, a young companion of Carroll and is a representation of the confusion and dangers of childhood. The Caterpillar that Alice meets is quite an intimidating character, but ultimately he is a representation of education and the benefit of intuition. Similarly, the Cheshire Cat has a great influence over Alice through the enlightenment it shows to her. Although it is a very detached and uncontrollable character it helps Alice to understand the ultimate meaning of Wonderland. Similarly ludicrous is the character of the Mad Hatter, who is eternally stuck at teatime. He is often rude and rarely makes sense, yet he is quite a well loved character. It is sometimes suggested that the use of this character is making a suggestion about class distinctions, but this is very loosely based on the Mad Hatter.

The Queen of Hearts is often confused with the Red Queen from the sequel, although the characters share very few similarities. Carroll`s exact intentions with this character are unclear, but it is suggested that she is supposed to represent a passion without direction. This could be a female commentary or a questioning of the sanity of ultimate power. The White Rabbit is one of the sanest of all the characters and is designed to be a contrast to the youth and confidence of Alice`s character. It has also been suggested that he is based on Alice Liddell`s father.

The meanings behind each of the Alice in Wonderland characters is ambiguous and is often corrupted by the controversial nature of Lewis Carroll himself. However, underneath all the controversy and hidden meanings of the plot and charactersHealth Fitness Articles, this classic tale is simply a story and the joy it brings to children and adults alike cannot be overlooked.



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