Posted by: Rachel M. | December 3, 2009

On the Whole

Everyone seems to be getting upset over nothing in Wonderland. Or taking offense to something. Or being easily offended, or hostile, or overall just unpleasant. I never feel like Alice is at home or comfortable. Or welcome. It is Alice’s dream, isn’t it? Is she not welcome in her own mind? Perhaps the fantastical wonderland is they type of place where you aren’t meant to stay, and the inhabitants try their best to shove visitors on their way and remind them, “No room! No room!”.

Similarly, I thought it was strange how at the very end, Alice recalls “what a wonderful dream it had been”. It seems curious-er and curious-er when taking into account the above. I don’t recall it every being enjoyable for her. I remember a frantic Alice, lost and worried by her unfortunate and curious state of affairs. Although, I suppose everything is different in hind sight. But then again, I don’t really know, perhaps the thrill and suspense of the whole adventure is what made it so wonderful.

I suppose that also applies to us. The experiences themselves may have not been all that peachy, but together things can add up to mean different and more intense things than they could have alone, especially upon reflection. After all, the whole is greater than the sum total of its parts.

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  1. I think that you have found something quite astute in your analysis. Your questioning of whether or not we are welcome in our own minds is a really good one. If we aren’t welcome in our dreams, what does it say for our waking-life?

  2. Rachel,

    At 48 years of age, I am just discovering that some of my greatest lessons in life happened through times of turmoil; I emerged from the experience a much different, ultimately better person. So, although difficult and challenging, the experiences benefited her in some strange way. Thanks for making me think!


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