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Project for English 170-04 Fall 2010 by Dan O'Brien

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The concept of this project is that of the relationship between literature, dreams and control. This is a depiction of Lewis Carroll's dream sequence. He dreams of the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Then within this dream, we enter the book. Alice, who is modeled by Emily McDevitt, is sleeping. She too is dreaming, and this is where the actual story lies. I highlighted the quote, "It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole and yet- and yet- it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life!" I made Emily a puppet in the pictures to represent how we have no control over our dreams. This is exemplified by the quote. She doesn't have control of her height, because it is being dictated by the substances she eats and drinks. Further, these substances represent how Carroll controls Alice's actions; she is a puppet to his narrative.

In other words, it is a dream, within a dream, within a dream, and we are left with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.