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Based on the novel Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll, Alice, the heroine of the story is a curious, imaginative, strong- willed, and honest young English girl. Her adventures begin when she falls asleep by the side of a stream in a meadow and dreams that she follows a White Rabbit down his hole.
Her curiosity has made her ventured the world she never been before, entered each doors that she able to open, she even trying hardly to figured out how to open the doors she couldn’t opened. She also curious about the food and drink she’d found in her journey, she always ate and drank beverages she’d never known just to figure out what its taste or what it’s used for.
Her imagination take her to try to communicate with every creature or character (which most of them are animals) she’d met on her journey even though she knew that it would never happens in normal life. She has many adventures in a Wonderland peopled by all kinds of strange characters and animals.
Her strong-willingness makes her always optimized that she could through all of her journey nicely and got back to her normal life in normal world.
Her honesty makes people or character she’d met cared for her and want to help her to figure out who she is and how to get her back to her real world.
The tale is an extended metaphor for the challenges she will face as she grows into an adult. She possesses unusual composure for a child, and she seems bright but makes many charming mistakes. She grows more confident as the book progresses.
2. Explain this quotation!
‘Who are you?’ said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, ‘I—I hardly know, sir, just at present – at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’
Based on the story, the Caterpillar may not know exactly what creature Alice is, because he never saw any creature like her around in his world.
Being asked like that make Alice confused herself. She find herself hardly explain to the Caterpillar about who or what creature she is. So she innocently replied to the Caterpillar that she didn’t know exactly who or what creature she is that time. She rather confused of what happens to her because by that morning she woke up as a normal girl in normal world got herself accompanying her sister on the bank.
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3. “Teenage Wasteland”
In general, teenagers today have a more difficult time than their parents did. The economic condition might be the biggest problem to work out. Not only the living costs that rose because of the current exchange that shrink all the time but the cost of education also being one of the big issue to think about.
Nowadays, everyone must compete to be the successful one to have better status so that they could be admitted in their society. The way to be the successful one is by getting in to appropriate school or college, make a good mark, and then accepted for a good position in a good company. That’s why all the parents more concerned about their children’s education.
The cost of education could not count up as a cheap cost that parents should paid. Unlike in our parents’ time that there were several schools which take no tuition, right now not only the private schools which took high tuition to pay, the public school also take quite high-priced tuition.
Not satisfied enough with the formal education their children had in a proper school, most of the parents also didn’t objected to spent more money to have their children joined in so many courses institute that spread all over in town so that their children could be competent enough.
Parents are working so hard to fulfil their primary needs, they some times had to work extra time to earn extra money. But this makes them had less time to give more attention to their children’s development, especially teenagers that is in transition phase in searching their identity to being adults.
The economic condition not only influences the teenagers in educational way, but also in their social community. It is shown when they hanging around with their friends, the teenagers that came from well-proper family sometime used to get better access to get in to any way, even better social community (in this case means friend). That seems to make a little gap in some teenage community.
The economic condition, the days that filled by full-activity of studying (in school and courses), the pressure from the parents to make a good mark so that they could compete to get in to good colleges, and also the pressure from their community (read: friends) occasionally make teenagers get too stressed with.
These conditions fortunately being the most reason that pushed the teenagers to exposure the harmful substances such as disruptive behaviours, getting themselves involved in violence actions such as mass fighting or breaking public facilities, tried to get themselves drunken, or even the worse: start using drugs.
The most disruptive teenagers’ behaviour that we should most concern about is when they start to make a good friend with ‘the drugs’. Not only because that it is illegal and could make them caught in a jail by the police officer but also made them suffer especially when they already addicted to it.
This is the parents’ responsibility to concern more about their teenager development. Even though they were too busy with their work, they should pay more attention to the teenager developments, spending more time with them, listened to what difficulties they had in school or others, giving them support on all their talent and activity, and so on.
Giving the teenager trust to choose their own activities to fill their spare time freely could raise their self esteem, especially if the activities are related with their talent. Teenagers are just in phase of searching their identity, so it is the parents’ duty to arrange them into perfect direction.