The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner Dill is no stranger to hardship. He’s dirt poor, financially supporting his mother, and seems to have zero future prospects. His father, a snake-handling preacher, is in prison; many of his former parishioners blame Dill. Yet Dill has two things that keep him getting up in the morning – … Continue reading The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner

Alice, the Caterpillar, and the Serpent

John Tenniel* This is a continuation of the theme I began on Chapters I and II of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.   In chapter IV, we see the first evidence that Alice’s feistiness grows and shrinks with her size. When Alice is small she rushes off to do the White Rabbit’s bidding, so frightened by him that … Continue reading Alice, the Caterpillar, and the Serpent

Paradise Lost – Book I Lines 1 – 191

Him the Almighty PowerHurled headlong flaming from th’ ethereal sky,With hideous ruin and combustion, downTo bottomless perdition, there to dwellIn adamantine chains and penal fire,Who durst defy th’ Omnipotent to arms.Book 1, 44-49Gustave Dore (Source) Since I am having trouble interpreting Paradise Lost, I am painstakingly going through and interpreting it. I can then use … Continue reading Paradise Lost – Book I Lines 1 – 191

The Confidence of Alice

John Tenniel* As I said in my previous post on Alice (Alice, the Caterpillar, and the Serpent), Lewis Carroll used asterisks to denote metamorphoses in Alice. The last row of asterisks in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was when she shrunk back from a serpent to a reasonably-sized girl at the end of Chapter V. This sudden … Continue reading The Confidence of Alice

Alice’s Adventures in the Circle of Life

I read a critique that claims the Alice stories are allegories for puberty–specifically, Freudian analysis suggests that they are about Alice’s change from innocence to a sexual being. I’m generally skeptical of Freudian analysis, but was surprised when I read the first two chapters of Alice in Wonderland and found evidence that the book may, … Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in the Circle of Life