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Wonderland: A Figment of Alice’s Imagination?

November 6, 2009

This is a continuation of my comment on Keith’s amazing post, here:


Another thought is going back to what some of my classmates have already posted about, even on my own team. So, I ask you this:

1) Could Wonderland be just a dream?

2) Or perhaps, is it simply a fantasy world that Alice has created in her mind, like children often do?

If this is the case, it could be explanatory of how, like Keith said, everything seems setup for Alice. If it really is in her own mind, everything in the story can be explained. For example, her mind would set things up for her so that she would be able to accomplish her goals, like (again, as Keith said) how the bottle just happened to be waiting for her to drink it.

If question 1 is true, we can assume that the rest of the story will include very random events (which it already has, of course) and that the events will usually be based off of Alice’s (or perhaps Carroll’s) real life experiences. We may very well be able to learn many things about Alice as a person, through her dreams.

If question 2 is true, well, we can pretty much also assume that situations would be setup for her to succeed, but the events would be less random. Or at least, that’s what I think. Who knows? Perhaps Alice is simply a random person. Notice, too, that everything that has happened (minus the dog, which cannot be explained by this solution, but perhaps by solution 1) has been something that Alice is interested in or curious about, and those are the kinds of situations her mind would choose for the fantasy world.

But enough about me.  What do you think?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Alex D. permalink
    November 7, 2009 3:51 pm

    Wow, you were serious about that huh? Is there really a difference between dreaming and living in a fantasy world? Of course one is while the person is awake and the other while asleep, but aside from that a dream is a fantasy…

    Alice’s time in Wonderland isn’t really filled with her own life experiences, and the readers don’t really know much about her life to begin with. On the other hand, there are multiple allusions made to Alice Liddell and into Lewis Carroll’s own lives, as we have read in the book’s annotations. What puzzles me is that Alice is so curious about Wonderland, that she has never up to this point in the story, thought about leaving it. Overall good points.

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