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The Ease Of A Dream

November 17, 2009

So many questions have been answered after the ending to this crazy story. We know that it was in fact a dream! We know that Alice was just asleep on the bank with her sister and only turned the outside noises into a world of her own curious dreams.

I was slightly disappointed to find that the end was not really an ending at all. Someone once told me that to finish a book with “it was all a dream” is the easy way out. I believe that Carroll took the easy way out. However, if I was a child reading this book, the age it seems intended for, then I would be more than happy to find out that mopey turtles and queens who wish to behead me are only real in my dreams. Alice was pleased to learn that all of what happened to her did not really exist,and it was just a part of her peaceful rest.

The dream was only partially a dream it would seem. All the things going on around her were part of her Wonderland. It can be said that if she was awake, all of her dream could have happened in real life. When children are bored and play “house” or “planet daisy” they imagine things, make things up out of what’s around them. Alice could have been very much awake and made up this story in her head and could have still seen a talking rabbit and a deck of talking and functional playing cards. It probably would not have gone to the extent of what occurred in her dream, but the basic experience could still remain. As I have mentioned before, Carroll could have referred to a game Alice Liddell and himself played where they made up stories of what noises and objects surrounded them. Carroll, I’m sure, was at the least pleased as he wrote this story. It shows the simplicity and happiness of a childhood’s life and what Carroll must have enjoyed due to his liking of spending time with young ladies. Spending time with them, and sharing their life’s activities made him light and happy like the life of a seven-year old.

When we find out it was all a dream and she tells her sister of her adventures her sister thinks of how nice it would be to have the same mind-set as Alice.  Her sister stays outside after Alice goes in for tea and she drifts off to Wonderland for a few moments and comes back and realizes that if she opens her eyes then it all ends. She envies Alice’s innocence and inexperience to the world. She wishes she could fall into a deep peaceful sleep along a bank and fall into another realm, but not as a dream but as a real life experience. Wouldn’t we all like to lose the burden of adulthood and let ourselves slip into a carefree fantasy that makes up childhood.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Hersh T. permalink
    December 1, 2009 9:58 pm

    Interesting point. And also rather relieving. We, as teenagers, are already feeling the burden that is slowly being put upon us and the fact that we already wish to seek relief is interesting. So what adults must feel is rather crazy. I think you hit the nail on the head with your last line. But, is it not possible, that even as adults who wish to seek the carefree life of a child, that they wish to go back to how they were. For when we are children, we are always wanting to grow older to be able to do all the “cool” stuff. However, at what point do we wish we could go back?

  2. Susie C. permalink
    November 29, 2009 6:29 pm

    I was also somewhat disappointed at the ending of Alice, but I also kind of liked it. I did not like the fact that the whole thing had been a dream, but I did like that Alice’s sister than shared her dream.

    As you, and many other people, have said, adults are drawn to the simplicity and childishness of Wonderland. I believe that Alice’s sister is the first of many adults who envy “Alice’s innocence and inexperience to the world” and wish they could “fall into another realm.” This start of Alice’s legacy causes me to like, at least partially, the dream ending.

  3. Vivian H. permalink
    November 17, 2009 12:35 pm

    I love your last line “Wouldn’t we all like to lose the burden of adulthood and let ourselves slip into a carefree fantasy that makes up childhood.” I think this is precisely the reason Alice in Wonderland is so popular. Adults who read this imaginative tale feel reconnected with parts of their childhood. The curiosity, impulsiveness, and carefree attitude is what I would want to revisit and relive. The pressure of one’s life as they grow older begin to take its toll, and a story such as Alice’s is appreciated during these times. On the other hand the children who read Carroll’s work have fun with the images each scene paints. In wonderland, reason plays no part, and for children that’s the best world they can relate to.

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