Transformation: Child to Adult
At the end of chapter twelve, the end of Alice Adventures in Wonderland, readers take a look at Alice’s sister as she tries to picture the world her little sister had just visited. She imagines the Rabbit, the Mouse, the tea party, The Queen, the Duchess, the Lizard, the Gryphon, the Mock Turtle, all these characters that her sister had dreamed up. But, as she drifts farther into this dream world she is still able to hold on to reality, unlike Alice. She knows that when she opens her eyes “all would change to dull reality” and everything she imagined would be transformed back to the things that surround her in the real world. This ability to keep in touch with a sense of reality is what differentiates children and adults, the innocent and the experienced. Children have this way of believing the impossible, of absorbing their dreams and thinking of them as real. Adults, well most of them at least, cannot let go of reality long enough to let their dreams become more than a dream but a whole other world. It’s like adults reach this dead end or road block with a huge sign saying “Turn around and return to reality.”
But when is this road block built?
Is it when an individual gains so much responsibility that they cannot afford to let go of reality? Is it when a person becomes so educated that they know their dream world cannot be real? Or is it that children in a way have a longer attention span when comes to their dreams? As if adults become to distracted by the real world to really become absorbed in their dreams. I know I find myself thinking of impossible things but then all of a sudden I’m distracted by something like the slamming of a car door or my mom yelling at me to do the dishes. Children on the other hand become so absorbed in their dreams that they are not fazed by the distractions of the real world. Have you ever watched a little kid watch T.V.? You practically have to shake them or turn of the t.v to get them back to reality and then they come out of their little dream world that their t.v shows take them to. What is it that allows children to become so absorbed in dream worlds? Why can’t adults allow themselves to just take a break from reality and have a nice little tea party with some eccentric characters?