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Are You Angry? I Can See Why…

November 17, 2009
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I would recommend reading my partner Kristen’s post, as it covers the same topic as my post: A Malapropos Ending.

But I hold a slightly different viewpoint. At first, I was somewhat angry when I read the end of the story, finding out that it was only a dream.

Wouldn’t you be?

For example, if you watched a television series for a few years and, at the end of the series, you found out it was only a dream, wouldn’t you be upset? Everything you’ve been watching has been pointless, and, since it was a dream, the entire show could have been random and not have an impact. The same could be true for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

But, I must also look at the flip side of the coin. Perhaps the author made it a dream so that he could do anything in the story. This way, he could do whatever he felt necessary to make the reader enjoy it and continue reading. Perhaps this is how Carroll meant Alice to be…

So,

What do you think? Are you angry that this ended in a dream? Or did you just enjoy the ride?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex E. permalink
    December 2, 2009 8:17 pm

    It’s interesting that you are angry, not just disappointed. Dreams have been a mystery that has been plaguing humanity since forever, and so the great question comes in: which is real? How do we tell the real world from the dream world, it is truly impossible to answer. For example, in “Though the Looking-Glass”, Alice was unable to prove who was dreaming: the red king or her. If the red king was dreaming, then Alice doesn’t exists, which Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are quick to point out. So therefore, these types of books and movies do have a certain effect that leaves the reader or watcher puzzled. But this is just my opinion of the subject.

  2. Angela W. permalink
    November 18, 2009 10:04 am

    I agree with you completely. I am very upset it was a dream. When I watch movies and the main character falls asleep, but i get so into the movie that i forget and at the end she wakes up to it all being a dream, I am angry. I never really understood why people make movies and books all a dream. Yes, i guess for imagination and having the power to put whatever you want in the story. What if all those events that happened to Alice wasn’t a dream? It would make anything in reality seem possible.

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