The “Hero’s Journey” of Alice (part 3)

After studying Joseph Campbell’s “hero journey”, a concept we were introduced to by Mr. Long and later discussed with Matt Langdon,  a visiting expert on the “hero” model who has been commenting on the blogs lately, I am very quickly realizing many, if not all, stories are based off of these steps. Of course there are different ways of approaching this concept like my partner Adam realized in his blog The-Not-So-Heroic-Journey. It all depends on your perspective.

(Note: If you’re interested in these ideas, feel free to check out the earlier posts my classmates and I blogged about Joseph Campbell’s “hero journey”, too, if you want.)

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I left off observing that one of the significances of Alice’s journey through Wonderland was the lessons she has learned to reach her goals.

Once Alice reaches the Queen’s grounds and discovers that all of the rules are unfair and she could quickly lose her head, Alice does not once say she wants to go back home. Either she forgot about her home or has way too many thoughts tossing and turning throughout her head. No one may know, yet as contrast to her previous self Alice strives to find a solution to her problem of finding her way out of the Queen’s grounds while keeping her head.

Not so much as a magic flight, yet Alice does get away from the Queen’s executions for awhile when she meets the Mock Turtle. This leads me to the rescue from without, aka Alice’s final guides. The Gryphon and the Mock Turtle remind Alice of the “real” world and allows her to remember she doesn’t want to stay in Wonderland forever.

The Queen’s court allows Alice to cross the final threshold and master the two worlds in which she has entered into. She uses her wisdom gained from her journey to realize “’You’re nothing but a pack of cards!” and discover her control on herself.

This ends Alice’s journey and allows her to use her newly found knowledge in the “real” world and live in the moment, as many people would say.

Hope you enjoyed “The “Hero’s Journey” of Alice” and I hope some of these thoughts encouraged you to think of even more questions and answers! Also feel free to read  “The “Hero’s Journey” of Alice” part 1 and 2 (click here) and feel free to check out my team’s blogs on the right side of your screen!

Image 1 can be found here.

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2 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed your analysis of the hero’s journey. As you said it can tie to almost all stories. Alice is a perfect example of that. For example, Alice’s call to adventure is her falling down the rabbit hole, allowing her access into the wonderous world of Wonderland. Her childhood innocence also plays a large role in the book. Her childhood innocence is what allows her to explore Wonderland on her heroic journey. If she was an adult she would not have accepted or become familiar with Wonderland during her dream. She relaized many lessons and morals thorughout the story, also part of the hero’s journey when it comes to an end. Loved your tangential reference to the Hero’s Journey. Very well thought out.

    • Thank you! I agree with all of your statements. Although there are many ways to interpret the “hero’s journey” into Alice as you probably already have seen. I also enjoyed challenging Joseph Campbell to see if his theory applied to literally almost every story. So far he has pasted in my book.

      Thanks for the comment!


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