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What Happened to the Hall?

November 5, 2009

What happened to the hall?

Of course, some of the answer to this was explained (in Chapter Four) in the actual text:

“-everything seemed to have changed since her swim in the pool; and the great hall, with the glass table and the little door; had vanished completely.”

(Page 37)

But not nearly enough.

Just another perk of Wonderland? You are automatically pulled from any tough spot you encounter?

I don’t think so.

This was yet another random occurrence in the story so far next to the fan (as I discussed in my analysis of Chapter Two). What I mean by random is not “Wonderland random,” but rather a random hole in the plot that goes unexplained, and frankly, leaves me a bit disappointed. Soon after, Alice is able to travel to the White Rabbit’s home. Clearly she is somewhere else than the hall after the little transportation. Or is she? The White Rabbit is also where she is, and was also in the hall with her at one point. Were they both “teleported?” Did the room change? If the room did in fact “change,” (which is a random hole in the plot) then this would eliminate the theory I had in my other entry in which the hall is depicted as a sort of security for Wonderland.

Maybe this has something to do with the pool of tears, as loosely explained in the text. Still, why? Is this some sort of “rebirth” in the plot of the story (as explained in Campbell’s Hero’s Journey)? If so, what logic is behind it? I don’t see any reason behind the actual change, is what I mean by logic, no matter the rationality of Wonderland. There is just no deliberateness. A fiasco, on Carroll’s part? Was he just looking for the quick way out of the seemingly-dragged on hall setting for Alice? On the side note, a somewhat expected reaction comes out of Alice from the change: no reaction. She doesn’t think twice of it. Ah, well. I believe we have passed by Alice’s potential for reasonable thinking. Is she becoming “mad” like all the rest?

As I see it- well, it is actually what I do not see- there is no explanation to this change. I also am surprised that there was no annotation in Annotated Alice over this topic. Not even a suggestion. This whole problem is yet another of the examples that may conclude that this story is merely a children’s story and not to be over-analyzed by adults.

However, I don’t expect anyone to stop anyway.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Hersh T. permalink
    November 19, 2009 4:15 am

    Is the room the same? Is it just changing to suite the ideas and thoughts of those who occupy it? Very interesting point you bring up here. It is a little odd that the hall completely dissapears and then reappears when she needs it. It is as if the hall is there for her needs. Is it a vehicle that she uses for her own advantage? Is it a weapon that she has not realized is in her power? Whatever the case intersting point. Congratulations.

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