May the Alice Be with You

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has many different levels of appeals, all of which have been chewed through by thousands of literature critics. Along with what the story says, there is also how it says it, and all the other hundreds of levels of understanding we are used to when reading another one of those literary giants. But what if we take away all that could or should be analyzed?

What if we interpret Alice on its most fundamental level, and then see how this relates to us?

Alice’s adventures in wonderland is, on its most fundamental, first layer, a tale of a girl in a fairy land. She shrinks and grows over time, transforming and changing all along. Alice changes and feels differently along the story. Like us, she is not that often completely sure about what to do. And like us, she imagines herself to be above all else.

Alice’s appeal is much more than what can be analyzed (and yet i’m trying to analyze it… something went wrong somewhere). In the traditional sense of analysis, we use what the writer gives us to work with. But this was never the point of the novel. Alice is much more than a novel. It represents our inner being much more than we want to admit.

We too often live in our own world of reality and existence. Rationale, something invented by humans to control their own nature, is not a naturally occuring element of humans. Alice, the child in the novel, wants to pull our inner child out of this ancient hull of intelligence. For most of our lives, few of us have been allowed to be children. We are expected to behave like adults from very early on, yet are not allowed to speak as one. Thus we create our own worlds in which we are free from the oppression of these adults, these tyrants of our existence.

Once we become adults, our own worlds very often still exist, but they are crippled by our own intelligence. We still perceive things differently from other people, but not in an interesting fashion. We are not creative, but simply different. And just because one is different, one is not necessarily useful.
Alice is similar to a therapeutical instrument. You can use it to improve your imaginery world, and be a happier, more creative person. Alice gives the reader a power to break free from the opressive laws of science. It allows you to see things differently than anyone else can. In short, Alice improves you creaticity, your happiness, your existence. She is already within us, just crying to be released by our reading of the book.

Read Carroll’s work.

And may the Alice be with you.

2 Responses to “May the Alice Be with You”

  1. I love everything you brought up in this blog. I agree, children in this world are expected to behave as adults but are only allowed to think as children, and are treated as children unless they are being punished for something, in which case they are lectured about how they “should’ve known better”. I like your concept of Alice representing the authentic, innate child. She is in a land in which there really are no rules, no “tyrants of [her] existence”, in the form of adults or, as you also mentioned, scientific laws. That is the key to her adventures in Wonderland-no one and nothing is there to stop her from simply being a child exploring life’s wonders. Maybe if we all were allowed to experience this true childhood, our world would be a different place now. We would have more right-brainers. We would have more freedom, both in the literal and emotional sense. On the other hand, maybe the world would just erupt into chaos if young children were allowed these kinds of experiences. I suppose we’ll never know.

  2. Meighan A. Says:

    I absolutely loved the concepts you presented in this. I especially liked how you tied our way of living now to Alice’s story. Even when we and Alice are from different time periods and have been shaped by different societies, we can still relate to her and receive a gift from her. Like you said, “Alice gives the reader a power to break free from the oppressive laws of science.” That is so incredibly true.

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