As I read some of my fellow classmate’s blog entries I began to see a pattern. None of them seem to enjoy the end of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, where Alice wakes up and realizes that the whole thing was a dream. I, on the other hand, loved this ending for so many reasons:
- Alice now has the opportunity to return to Wonderland whenever her mind longs to be there.
- As the reader we can now relate to Alice’s adventures.
- (Most importantly) It is now (finally) believable
If Wonderland had turned out to be a real place full of real people Alice might not have been able to return. How would she get back? How would she know where it was? Would it still exist without Alice?
Every story we are told we try to relate it to our own lives, whether we realize it or not. We think “Oh I wouldn’t have done that in that situation” or “That was just like the time I (insert random act here).” We all want to read a story about ourselves. We are selfish and conceded beings. We all want, on a simple level, to be Therefore every character has to have some human characteristics or mannerisms. These were few and far between in Wonderland. It becomes almost too unrealistic when nothing seems to make sense. It became annoying to me how unreal it was (coming from a girl who lives in her own wonderland).
On a basic level this ending was quite predictable because in my eyes Carroll had no other choice. Creating an alternate reality is very hard. It has to be unrealistic while still seeming possible and probable. These new worlds are put within borders and told not to cross them. Carroll’s world broke down all barriers and therefore had to rebuild them with the Hey-by-the-way-none-of-it-was-real method and while some may see this as being weak and afraid of the monstrous story he created I see it as purely strategic.
Just think about it- How else could he have ended the story and retain the audiences attention?