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Unanswered Questions

November 3, 2009

In a book there are questions that are answered in the text and there are questions that are answered on your own as you travel through the pages. And occasionally there are questions that never have an explanation. They float around and readers try and try to find the answer. But maybe some questions are better left unanswered for the benefit of the enigma behind a story.

In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland there are numerous questions posed. Some that will be answered obviously in the lines, others more hidden between the lines. Then there are the questions that seem to have no true answer but only opinionated answers. The students reading about Alice with me have presented many various questions in their blogs, adding to the already high number of questions in the book. I feel that some of them may not have a true answer.

We may never know the purpose behind Carrol’s writing style that seems aimed at adult and children as said in Kristen’s blog entry, “Adult Lessons Laced With Whimsy”. The mysteries behind the authors, and why their brains work the way they do, and why they wrote what they wrote is, for me, one of the most interesting parts of a book. The thought of not knowing the whys is far more intriguing than comprehending it all. As annoying as it is to not know everything, it’s fun and more open-ended, to believe what you want and have your own wonderland.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Morgan P. permalink
    November 12, 2009 12:22 pm

    I really like your post. Reading Alice in Wonderland I have been asking so many questions. When questions are left unswered we become more interested. It is so strange. There are so many questions in this book. I always wanted to know the answers. After reading your post I realize I might be better off wondering. I think the curiousity of the questions makes the readers more invested in the story. It is actually very smart of the authors to force the readers to pose questions. We want to know the answers so we become fascinated with the story.

  2. Hersh T. permalink
    November 10, 2009 5:23 pm

    The idea of some questions being left unanswered as better struck me as a very astute observation. The unaswered part leaves the reader, in this case, thirsting for more. (If of course, Carroll placed the question in the right place at the right time). I agree with you to some extent the idea of having our own “wonderland” and being left to wonder and imagine. However, at some point, I believe that it would be better to finally understand what is going on for real. And what the author wants us to believe. If this happens then we are more likely to compare it to our conclusions and be able to gain a wider perspective on more things.

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