The Big Picture
Ok, so this is most likely my last post so I wanted to talk about my opinions of the story after analyzing it for weeks and weeks. If I could have summed up all my opinions of the book in one post, this would be it.
I don’t think the story was written with a purpose. Although there does seem to be a bit of hinting at meanings, it is so vague that it could be interpreted as pretty much anything. If you believe that the book means something, then good for you, I’m not going to say you are wrong, because you are not. There is no “right answer”. We are massively over-thinking and over-complicating this simple thing, a children’s story.
Think about this: are we thinking about this stuff in the story like we are just because it’s a school project, or is it because you actually think that?
If I had to guess, I would say that the answer is “no” for most people.
When you are reading something outside of an academic environment, do you think like you do when reading at school? Of course not. Most of us found meanings in the story because we wanted/had to for a project. It is not just maturity that forces us to butcher stories like this, but it is this notion that we have get something out of everything we read, at least in a learning environment. It is completely illogical for us to be focusing on a story like this. We are just doing this because we do not understand what it is about, but what we can’t seem to wrap our brains around is the fact that there is nothing to understand in the first place! We are studying this extremely simple thing, and trying to make sense of it in our minds, but it is so simple that we just don’t get it. It’s like in movies when all the scientists are crowded around some simple object, and they think it is some super complex thing, but they don’t realize it. It is also like when there is a puzzle or problem solving, and you are thinking up all these complex solutions, and then you look up the answer, and you see how simple it is.
As they say, the devil is in the details. The entire thing is nothing but a simple story, but we are simply thinking too hard about it.