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Alice in Wonderland = Dorothy in the Land of Oz?

December 1, 2009

In my previous post, Dreams Representing Reality, I discussed how, as the title says, Alice’s dream could have represented her real-world life. As I was writing this, I came up with another idea…

If you have seen The Wizard of Oz, you know that it is a story about a girl, Dorothy, who has a [SPOILER ALERT]…


…dream that she was stuck in the Land of Oz, and was trying to get out. She faced many odd situations, and many even odder characters. She journeyed with a talking, cowardly lion, a talking, heartless tin-man, and a talking, brainless scarecrow. All of these characters represented someone in her real life, and all had the same characteristics that the people in her real life did. Her family, friends, and enemies of real life came through and were represented in her dream.

The more I thought about it, the more Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland seemed like virtually the same story. Alice dreams that she is stuck in Wonderland, and encounters many odd creatures and situations as well. She does not understand the new world at all, just as Alice. And, again just like Alice, she seems to accept it without much questioning.

So, I leave you with this…

Is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz really the same story?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    April 15, 2010 8:05 pm

    very unusual way to think. That the stories are the same which they seem to be the same. But then we must ask about other movies. I believe it is just a coincedence that they seem the same. Going to another world and letting your imagination wonder is very common and magical. Yet i have read these books recently and the story is quite the same, but the writing is not. Alice in Wonderland is about a girl who is learning and growing and she seems to go with the story. She follows the White Rabbit and through the story she stands up for what she believes in, while she is learning. It surprises me that she does not go through all the theory that something like Wonderland can not be real. On the other hand Dorothy goes through Oz and is brave but all she wants to do is to go back home. She learns to be brave and have friends but she does not take it all in. She just wants to be home.

  2. Ryan S. permalink
    December 1, 2009 10:47 pm

    While there are many things we disagree on. One thing that I have often pondered about is Mr. Long’s belief in a single universal story, from which all stories are derived. This hero’s journey is a tale as old as time and aspects can be found spread throughout all modern tales. Now while I have no doubt that both the hero’s journey and its influence on literature exist, I have no belief that there is only one story, and the difference between stories, are merely the writers and the scenario. However this being said, only a fool could deny any connection between “Alice and Dorothy” and “Wonderland and Oz”. The similar way scenarios and stories both captivate young children and adults alike. I heartily agree that when it comes to Alice and Oz, they are one in the same.

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