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Why So Special?

December 2, 2009

I do not know why Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is hailed as such a great story.

If you really analyze the story, it is actually pretty bad. The ending is bad, it just does the tired, old “it was all a dream” thing. Most of the story doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Most of what the characters talk about random stuff that doesn’t make any sort of contribution to the story. Speaking of the characters, aside from Alice, most of them just are there for a chapter, waste space in the story with random, sensless giberish, then leave and are never seen again in the story.

Maybe I missed something, but do we even find out anything about the characters after they leave? What happened to the mock turtle, the griffon, and numerous others?

There is rarely an explanation of anything. The ending says nothing. There might as well not even be an ending. Carroll could have just stopped typing and wrote “the end” at the end. There is no resolution to speak of. Maybe people love it so much because they ignore the faults because it is a children’s story.

But then why are other stories that are much better then this not famous? What makes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so special?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amber W. permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:47 pm

    I believe Alice in Wonderland is so well liked due to the story being so different than any other children’s story to date. Carroll takes Alice, throws her into Wonderland and here the reader goes along for the ride. Another thing you have to think about is that Carroll made this story up for a group of girls. He didn’t put a whole lot of thought into intertwining the characters and the scenes together. Now how the eccentric characters and storyline got into his head, I have no idea. Yet, with using these characters and being a great writer by leaving many questions unanswered, others have taken it upon themselves to solve Carroll’s riddles. That is something that someone can do for hours on end and still come to no real conclusion. I think people like the story so much because it is differentiated from other simplistic children’s books and that the analysis can never end with a story such as Alice in Wonderland.

    Now I do agree with you that the ending is terrible. I mean, couldn’t Carroll have thought of something a little bit more creative than, “oh it was all just a dream.” I mean seriously? He might as well should have added “and everyone lived happily ever after” too. The dream ending is just too cliche nowadays.

  2. Scott M. permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:35 pm

    This blog made me laugh. (Haha) Did you not like this story or something, Michael?

    But I do have to agree with you on some parts of it. I don’t really get why most of these characters are in the story. The pig-baby didn’t have much of an effect. The mock turtle didn’t really do much. Why was there a cook in the Duchess’s kitchen? Did he really need to be there?

    Much of this story doesn’t make sense. And I think that’s exactly why it’s such a good story. Either because it is entertaining to some people or there just spending there time trying to figure out what it all means. I honestly think it’s more popular with adults and teenagers in school then it is with children… the book anyways. The movie will always be one of the Disney movies kids watch at a young age.

  3. Darcy S. permalink
    December 2, 2009 7:21 pm

    It can’t be denied that you can learn from virtually anything, because… you can. From reading a terrible book, you can learn how to write a terrible book. From dropping an egg on the sidewalk in front of your neighbour’s house, you learn that it’s a terrible pain to clean up after you get caught. A textbook is created to teach, and one can most definitely learn from it. A poem, however, might also be created to teach (or leave some sort of impression) but it may not particularly be factual. Works of art have always brought something to the table which was meant to inspire, change something or release emotion. I think that as students of the twenty first century, we can’t directly understand all the fascination and the effect Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had on it’s audience. If we were somehow able to comprehend what kind of reaction the story had, then maybe we could be able to know why it’s referred to as a classic. Obviously, it had to make some sort of speculation due to the fact that we students are studying it more than a century after it had been written.

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