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Daydream or Nightmare?

November 9, 2009

As I turn more and more pages of Alice’s journey I keep asking myself the same question.

Is Alice dreaming or is this meant to be real?

Alice’s story reminds me of The Wizard of Oz in that characters can be related to people in Alice Liddell’s life. So in a far-fetched way Carroll may have written about real people and events in ‘ life through the fictional adventure of Alice in Wonderland. This does not explain the above question, but in fact poses more. Could Carroll and Miss Liddell have had a wonderland of their own, and played a game that involved funny creatures and “queer” situations? Was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland entirely made up from Carroll’s eccentric brain with Liddell on mind, or was it fully based most peculiarly on Alice Liddell’s life.

As far as wonderland being real or a dream, I think that it could be either. At the point of the story I’m at they both could be possible. Alice could have fallen asleep on the bank with  her sister or she could have really seen this rabbit and fallen into some loop of time to a fantasy world. This story represents, or can represent, so many ideas and things in life that none of it can be taken too seriously. Therefore it seems that it is more of a “real” fantasy and not a dream. This wonderland that Alice has been thrown into is one of the oddest  places someone has been in that I’ve read of. Animals being introduced then excused moments  later, numerous size changes, and just all around out of this world events that only someone like Carroll could think of.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex C. permalink
    November 18, 2009 10:12 am

    I like your comment about The Wizard of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are similar. If you have time you can read my blog post elaborating on the subject, and other movies. I am Alice Project #1 and it is titled Stories Linked. They only character in Alice’s Wonderland that I can link to someone in her real life would be Dinah, her cat, and the Cheshire cat that appears to be very creepy. We must remember that Caroll wrote this eccentric story because he loved Alice. So I think that the Cheshire cat is there to remind Alice of her cat. (You just inspired another blog.)

    As for your second topic, we must finish the book to know if it was a dream or reality.

  2. Brittany M permalink
    November 16, 2009 10:05 am

    I like your idea that they may have played a game together similar to the actual story. The whole thing could have actually been a sort of inside joke and we would never know. As to whether or not it is a dream we all know the answer that question now that we have finished the book, but i still like to think it is not a dream, but in fact the journey of a young girl in a crazy world of confusion and chaos.

  3. Edward C. permalink
    November 11, 2009 7:06 pm

    I believe this story is written for the reader to choose weather Alice is in a dream or this is a real experience for Alice. Of course this is very hard for people my age to believe this really occurred but for children it’s a new, fun and adventurous place. I really like the title of your blog “Daydream or Nightmare”. I believe at different stages of the story it’s either a little bit of both, absolutely no day dream, and absolutely no nightmare. First of all this occurrence would be a life changing experience that no one else would have the opportunity for. Though it is such a bizarre experience for a child it’s very unique. And plus this gives Alice so much knowledge and experience than most children of her age. There are times where she is really enjoying herself in Wonderland and there are times where she would rather be somewhere else. Both of these situations make this journey through wonderland both a nightmare and a daydream. Like you, this is also one of the most weird books I’ve every read but at the same time it shines a unique light on my perspective of the book.

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