Goodbye Wonderland and Hello Reality

While I was typing my last two posts (Game Over Alice and Alice For Heisman), a new thought dawned on me:

Alice’s quick exit from her fantasy world reminds me a lot of how many athletes have had their dreams disappear in an instant. One example would be Sandy Koufax. He was one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers during the 1960’s. Then his arm began to give out and he was forced to retire. Sandy is just one of many athletes’ whose dreams have turned to thin air as quickly as the formed.

Our dreams and escapes from reality are all just as fragile as we are. If we are not careful, they can disappear just as quickly as they came to be. That goes for everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, you need to enjoy and savor you dreams while you can.

I found it interesting that Carroll just ended the story. He didn’t have Alice escape from Wonderland; he just had her dream end. I wonder if he was trying to comment on how fragile our dreams are. Then again, Alice’s dream and our dreams are two completely different things. One is a fantasy world and the other is our hopes and aspirations. Although they have two different meanings, Carroll could be using Alice’s dream to symbolize our dreams.

Is Carroll hinting at how fragile our hopes and dreams are by ending Alice’s so abruptly?

There’s your pitch. Let’s see where you go with it.

8 Responses to “Goodbye Wonderland and Hello Reality”

  1. Wow, I would have never looked at the ending that way Deron. I never would have thought that the dream ending so abruptly could relate to our dreams ending so abruptly. It is very possible that this could be true.

    Yet I believe, like you said, our dreams and Alice’s dreams are two very different things. I think Carroll ended the story with it all being a dream because he simply needed a short and sweet ending. Because he was telling this to a group of younger girls, I doubt he wanted a bad outcome for Alice. After thinking about it, I do not believe Carroll had intentions on relating our dreams and the dreams abrupt ending to each other. I believe Carroll enjoyed sharing the story of Alice with the world but I don’t think he wanted to see Alice suffer. There is nothing wrong with the stroy being just what it is, a dream, but for us it may just be a little bit too cliche.

  2. I think Carroll was trying to prove a point by simply ending the story, what that point is only Carroll knows. I believe that it would be something like this, Carroll wanted to show the line that must be drawn between real life and fantisy. Had Alice ecaped Wonderland and come back that way fantisy would have merged with reality and she would have never known if it was real or fake. By haveing the story end suddenly it keeps fantisy and reality seperate. However, when she first wakes up she whants to believe that it was real but, I think that she knew all along it was just a drem.

  3. Deron, I do think that by ending Alice’s dream so early, it symbolizes how quickly our dreams can vanish. Dreams are what we want to happen (most of the time), but they can always change. They can vanish like smoke in the air. So, yes i do think that Carroll’s quick end to the book is not just because he grew lazy and tired of writing the book. He rapped up the story because dreams change and end quickly.

  4. Deron, you will forever be our grade’s sports announcer with your brain full of sports facts.

    I do not think Carroll is saying our hopes and dreams are fragile and easily shattered. I think rather that he is saying that dreams are dreams. This is not to say that dreams are not achievable. Simply, when you come back down, if you were successful or not, there is still reality to cope with. However reality is not always doom and gloom, beheading and hookahs. Reality is also the comfort of a babbling brook and a twittering bird.

  5. Well Sam, I’m going to take the pitch and hit a grand slam.

    First off, let’s talk about what you said at the end of your post, about our hopes and dreams are not the same as Alice’s sleep-dream. That is what I would have brought up had you not said it. This could be seen as comparing apples and oranges, making your post obsolete. I don’t think it does, however :).

    I think that Carroll could definitely be trying to symbolize how fragile our hopes and dreams are with the story. Like you said, we must be very careful and play our cards right so we don’t let our dreams get crushed. This is my philosophy on what a true friend really is: 1) Will hide you from the Feds, and 2) Supports you when you need it most. Well, maybe not #1, but it is always good to know who those friends are :). This is how I choose my friends. If they are not willing to be supportive and help me achieve my goals and dreams, just as I try to help them achieve theirs, I do not think they could ever be a true friend. Now, you can have many regular friends that don’t fit this category, but all true ones will.

    Finally, perhaps Carroll was being positive by ending the story so abruptly. It is a children’s story after all, and perhaps he was keeping kids from getting to scared by showing them that bad situations will always work themselves out. We, being teenagers, know that this is of course, not always true, and that we have to work to get out of bad situations. For children though, they may have needed this to feel reassured.

    Great post, and good sports analogy. Next time, though, try and mention the Yankees, bud.

  6. Katherine H. Says:

    I believe Carroll may indeed have been hinting on how fragile our dreams our. You live your life everyday, you go on becauseif you’re too cautious you cannot live to the fullest. And what’s the point of living if you don’t live it to the fullest? Recently I had my own experience of having my dreams flash before my eyes. I hurt my shoulder in swim practice, I play tennis and I was scared something was wrong. Somethingwrong with my tennis arm would devistate me. Of course I don’t planon being a professional tennis player, but its something I love to do. Not being able to play it would be a nightmare…no ‘dream’ of mine.

  7. I’m gonna take that pitch and try and hit a homerun. Like Carl, I also enjoy all of your endless sports analogies. Although you do bring up some strong points, I have to disagree. I think Carroll abruptly ended the story because he could write no more. I also think he ended it with Alice waking up because he didn’t want others to think he thought a place like Wonderland was real.

    “I found it interesting that Carroll just ended the story. He didn’t have Alice escape from Wonderland; he just had her dream end.”

    What if Alice’s escape from Wonderland was her waking up? What if that was the only way out?

    I also doubt Carroll was trying to symbolize anything about our dreams in the story.

  8. Haha! Oh, Deron. I’ll never get tired of all of your sports analogies :). This is a very good post, and I like your thought behind it also. Before I answer your question, I want to say that I don’t exactly see how Alice’s dream symbolizes our dreams. From my perspective, I think that her dream was to help show her a different view on how life can be perceived, how illogical things can actually be logical at times, and etc. I never saw how Carroll could be implying that how dreams can be fragile. I would like to hear more of your thoughts about it.

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