Posted by: Shannon L. | December 3, 2009

What Road Will You Take?

This scene took place in chapter six between the Cheshire Cat and Alice. This is one of my favorite scenes in Alice in Wonderland. Before even reading this book, I remember Mr. Long always making little comments about this scene:

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

I think he did that because its poses a great lesson in life, and makes your brain think. If you don’t no where to go in life, take any road and you will get somewhere. Now it might not be the place you wanted to get to, but that’s life, and things happen for a reason.

I believe that this is what Carroll is trying to tell us. But of course it’s Wonderland and he had to make it a little strange. I think that this also is a great example of how odd and quirky Wonderland truly is. Though I can’t help but wonder, why does Alice ask where to go if she has no idea where she is headed? I’m probably over thinking this, but I am just curious.

I think that this scene is the basis for Alice in Wonderland. What I mean by this is, Alice never knows where she is headed in Wonderland, not even before she gets to Wonderland.

Maybe Carroll put this in the story because the real Alice Liddell was only a child and didn’t know which road she was going to take, because she had no idea where she was headed in life. Maybe I over thought this, but something just makes me believe that this is what Carroll means by this passage.


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