Carroll Ruins Dreams, Not Nightmares

Posted On December 3, 2009

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For everyone’s information, I took the name of the song “I Ruin Dreams, Not Nightmares” by a band, Watchout! Theres Ghosts, and changed it to fit my post. Also, I would like to add that the lyrics have nothing to do with I’m about to write, and I chose this name because I think it sounds kinda cool and interesting. So now on to my post…

Carroll does, in fact, ruin dreams! Not only does he ruin Alice’s adventures, in Wonderland, by waking her up from a dream, but he pretty much spoils the entire book. I was really disappointed to find out that this was the ending of the book. I can see this is probably very irritating to other readers. And wouldn’t you think, that a guy like Lewis Carroll, could have done SO much more, than what he did? It would have been so much more interesting and entertaining to see Alice find a real way back to reality. Not just by waking up from a silly dream. In Hersh’s post, Dream Ending? Oh Please., he brought up a very good question:

“Why do authors do that?”

Why? It’s not that exciting when authors do that. I think by actually ending so, the quality of their story has goes down considerably. One reason, we already know their writing style a little bit, since we’ve just read their story, and to end in such a way, one could interpret as probably an insult. Of course, the author wouldn’t want to insult their readers, but to some he could be saying we’re incapable of understanding what could of happened next. And to just add one more commentary, the author’s writing strength isn’t as strong ,so his worked would be deemed lower than what it could have been all along. My second reason is, why stop a masterpiece when you’ve nearly completed it? Carroll was clever and intricate in his writing, which made the story ever more interesting and insightful. So it bothers me why he made such a decision. Was he hiding something from us? Or even protecting himself something? Whatever it may be, his choice of ending has shown that he would rather put off his irrational ways of thinking for a safer time, in hopes that it won’t damage his ingenious story. Here’s an excerpt from my comment on his post, telling why I think Carroll, and as well as other authors, end such a story:

“My theory is that authors aren’t necessarily trying to protect, and reassert, our straightforward and rational minds, but they are afraid. Afraid of either making the story too controversial, so radical that the story isn’t worth reading anymore, or what lies next for the character. What is the next chapter?”

Also, Hersh brought up another good, interesting point in his post. When authors are creating, or writing, their story, they often begin with knowing they wish to create. However, sometimes when creating a masterpiece, the artwork starts to take a life of its own, and often throw the write off course from their true goal. This probably happened with Carroll. At first, he had dream of writing a novel a children’s novel for Alice, who was very dear to him. His dream of writing a children’s book was being fulfiled, but as time progressed, his dream had started becoming of less than what he dreamnt of. His writing abilities were starting to take control over his mind, which thus making his dream into a nightmare. By the time he finishing, Carroll was scared what was to happen next to Alice, so he just stopped her journey by awakening to a dream.


One Response to “Carroll Ruins Dreams, Not Nightmares”

  1. Connor S.

    I agree. When Alice’s dream starts getting out of hand, Carroll simply shuts it down. With a dream ending, you can cheaply solve all loopholes and problems with one fell swoop. When Carroll’s story fell off the train tracks, and he couldn’t slow it down, he just ended it before it crashed and became a disaster. Dream sequences may be cheap, but they are a necessity if a writer’s work gets too out of hand. Carroll also gets to start over again from a different location in Wonderland, rather than the current peril. It saves him the time of writing an escape sequence and the whatnot, allowing him to just teleport Alice in and out of Wonderland at convenient times for him. Authors are the only ones who seem to like dream endings, but if it works, it works.

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