Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is a whole lot of nonsense.
In my opinion, it should not be analyzed. People have taken the simplest of things and have come up with crazy explanations of what they could mean. Everything contained in the annotations represent one man’s opinion. Isn’t it possible for anyone to come up with an idea and put it into the annotations? People state with authority that Carroll intended his characterizations to have underlying representations. But, one doesn’t really know what Carroll intended absent a direct interview with him. Why analyze something that is of no importance to us? This story does not have a significant meaning as Golding did with Lord of the Flies. Golding wanted people to break it down, and discover his point about society and human nature. Carroll wrote this story for a ten year-old girl, not for people to tear it apart and find a deeper meaning.
For instance, in chapter 7, “A Mad Tea-Party”, the reader will find a lot of ramblings and nonsense. It is confusing and makes no sense. In my opinion, it is the weakest part of the book. Yet, it is usually cited as the most enjoyable part for most people due to the upbeat atmosphere. The creativity of this scene is quite interesting to visualize, but unbelievably hard to read. Although it certainly conforms to the overall atmosphere of Wonderland, it should not be analyzed. For example, people, for many years, have been trying to figure out the riddle, “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” Carroll said himself that this was intended to have no meaning, yet people continue to attempt to make sense out of a nonsensical writing. The fact of the matter is, this book should have been left alone.