death by paper cut











{March 16, 2010}   go down the rabbit hole & slay your jabberwocky!

today i caught tim burton’s take on alice in wonderland in 3d. i loved it! and i also love the fact that classics are kept popular in contemporary cognizance by remakes on the big screen. hopefully kids (and adults) will find the impetus to pick up the original by lewis carroll and be as awed by the enduring themes.

it was not simply about good versus evil. the red queen represented excess and the hollow facade of excesses. her rhetoric that “its better to be feared than to be loved” eventually proves ineffective when ruling hearts and minds.

be it more sophisticated special effects or the casting of endearing artistes, none of the fancy modern sensibilities add to the original tale of independence, courage, faith and self-realisation.

i’ve been introduced to the poem about the battle with the jabberwocky in literature classes used as a lesson in inference and reading in context. now it wields a more dramatic dimension for me.

The Jabberwocky

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Advertisements


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

et cetera
%d bloggers like this: