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December 3, 2009

As this Alice Project comes to a close, I look back to see the distance we’ve covered.

Some serious An-Alice-Is has been conducted and conclusions we’ve met. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been ripped open to look inside, regardless if it should be done or not, and we have found some startling discoveries. In my beginning statement, found in the Team page of this blog, I mentioned that I barely knew the plot of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and did not know there was any meaning behind it…

Boy, was I wrong.

The first concept I came up with is that Wonderland uses the Hall as a sort of security system. The reason for this is because Wonderland may become contaminated with a sane mind such as Alice’s, a being of the “real” world. Here is this blog.

Next, I explored the possibility that Carroll jam-packed the story with bizarre characters in order to keep children’s attention. All of the characters, pretty much each character in the story aside from Alice, were talking animals or cards. The others made up in extra irrationality or character.

While reading the story, a question arose as well. Simply, what happened to the hall? In the fourth chapter, Alice simply walked out of the hall even with no exits even available. She previously had tried to leave through locked doors, but it was much too difficult to solve the puzzle. Was Wonderland merciful? Why did this happen? It also reappeared when she returned. Was Lewis Carroll conscious of this hole in the plot?

The next big idea was a breakthrough. Carroll himself saw Wonderland as mad, so there could be no reversal of ideals, i.e. we are mad and they are rational. Wonderland, according to my analysis of chapter six, even saw themselves as mad… how could this be? They had no previous knowledge of the “real” world, as far as we know, other than the Rabbit.

The next concept brought the idea of the overall theme for Wonderland. Alice is trying to maintain her sanity in an insane world, and is slowly gaining her confidence in her sanity rather than going mad. This does not negate that maybe the inhabitants are trying to driver her mad, though.

I then noticed that no major character had a real name, other than the protagonist, Alice. There were names such as the Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat… but no names. What does this mean?

Speaking of characters, I also noticed a pattern with major and minor characters: 10/6. There were ten majors and six minors. This could mean nothing… or everything.

The next hole I spotted was how the White Rabbit may have mixed up the Duchess and Queen of Hearts. I explored their similarities and differences, with them both mentioning execution by beheading. Why is this so? The two characters were not fond of each other, and the Duchess later became some sort of nice. Also, the Rabbit does not work for the Duchess, but he fears the Duchess executing him… what is the explanation here?

Later, I observed that Alice was becoming evermore confident in her sanity, which later exploded in a shower of cards, thus ending her dream. Here is the analysis of that chapter.

And here I am now.

Feel free to agree or disagree. Either way, there is clearly something behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It should be analyzed, and it has.

It has been a terrific experience and I have learned much from it.

Hope you enjoyed the site!

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