It seems that the ever so inviting tree of Carroll’s peculiar creation has run out of fruit to bear us as we near the end of our journey. In the beginning of the story, there was symbolism and hidden meaning for us to sink our hungry little teeth into. Now at the end of the book, there is transliteration and cute poem parodies which don’t make for very interesting or relevant blog posts. And I do dare to go far enough to ask, “What’s up with that?”
It couldn’t possibly be that Carroll ran out of ideas… could it be?
It seemed from the beginning he certainly knew where Alice was going and her path is clearly laid out the whole way through… but it is the patterns and ways be which she continues along her path which has me somewhat disappointed. At first there were small doors and keys and devilish bottles with intriguing and frank instructions which had Alice moving through the story. Towards the end, Carroll got kind of… well… lazy! Alice was introduced to the Mock Turtle and the Griffin by the Duchess asking, “have you seen the mock turtle yet?” That tickled me silly. I’m not upset, or angry, or smad (not a typo), if you will. Just irking for more.
However, the dream ending was not a huge let down to me. I’ve worked out in my head many alternative endings to be had and many of them involve a futuristic twist on the classic tale. In my personal ending to the story, I would have Alice fall down another rabbit hole inside of Wonderland and end up in the real world, but that kind of symbolism might not be what Carroll was looking for. Maybe there is more to the dream than we credit it…
All of this slowness could be intentional though. The Duchess’s very random concern that Alice ought to meet the Mock Turtle might be a way to demonstrate that people, events and life in general is all very random. Surely a mathematician would highlight that somewhere.
On the other hand, it would be presumed that Carroll would have a very intricate view of how life in general works. It’s really all a series of cause and effect, something else a mathematician would understand. I can’t possibly say any of this seriously though, because 150 years later, intention can’t be noticed in the text.