Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Phantom Tollbooth, Entry 6
One idea I have been tracking in "The Phantom Tollbooth," by Norton Juster, is the idea that Milo learns a lesson in almost each chapter.
The lesson Milo learned from chapter four was how to appreciate the use of words. On page 65, Milo says "You can get in a lot of trouble mixing up words or just not knowing how to spell them. If we ever get out of here, I'm going to make sure to learn all about them."
For example, there is chapter nine. Chapter nine is about Alec, the boy who is a few feet off the ground. Before Milo entered the Tollbooth, he had no point of view. He did not care about anything, he did not want to do anything. This chapter taught Milo to look at the world in a different way, to appreciate the world.
Milo's quest was to rescue Rhyme and Reason, but his true purpose was to learn how to appreciate sound, sight, numbers, letters, words, colour, time, and most of all, true friendship.