Posted by: Shannon L. | December 3, 2009

Temptation

Before ‘The Alice Project’ started, every week Mr. Long would post about six blogs and we would have to comment on them. In week five of these blogs, Mr. Long posted one about temptation. This is what it said:

Can you imagine a truly great story that does not deal with ‘temptation’?

Joseph Campbell argues that facing ‘temptation’  is a fundamental part of hero development, regardless of story or situation.

  • It can mean wanting something so badly that one would be distracted from the real ‘adventure’.
  • Likewise, it can be the temptation to ‘leave’ the adventure entirely: out of fear, confusion, etc.

He then gave us the directions:

  • Discuss a moment in your life where you  faced ‘temptation’ significant enough that it could have distracted you from the larger goals you have/had in your life.
  • Whether you ignored the ‘temptation’ entirely or ‘fell’ to it momentarily (before dealing with the consequences), I’m curious what you learned — about yourself, the world, and temptation in general — through this.
  • Length:  7+ sentences.

Like usual, I went ahead and did my seven sentences about a temptation in my life. This was before we had started reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so I did not think much about this blog. As I was reading the first few chapters of Alice in Wonderland, I noticed how many temptations she faced down in Wonderland. I then remembered about commenting on this blog a few weeks before. This made me wonder if Mr. Long wrote this blog because he knew that we would soon be reading about Alice and her temptations? Or if it was a just a coincidence?

Though there are many temptations Alice faces down in Wonderland, I believe that her biggest temptation she faces is when she sees the White Rabbit for the first time.

Alice’s first encounter of temptation in the story is when she first sees the White Rabbit. Alice is captivated by the rabbit because she has never seen a talking rabbit with pea coat and a pocket watch. She then gets up and follows the rabbit, who ends up going down a rabbit hole. She quickly follows the rabbit down the hole. This shows how strong her temptation toward the White Rabbit was. Without Alice being allured by the rabbit she most likely would have never fallen down the rabbit hole and there would be no adventures in wonderland.

Another major temptation that Alice faces is when she is trying to find the right size so she can get the key and fit through the garden. She then drinks the liquid, but as soon as she gets small she realizes she left the key on the table. This leads her to more temptations of eating cake. I think that this temptation distracts Alice from her real adventures, but is a key part in developing Alice as a character.

I also can not imagine “a truly great story that does not deal with ‘temptation,” as Mr. Long stated. I think that this story is a great example of this.


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