Easy Way Out

Posted On December 3, 2009

Filed under Samuel M.

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Many authors don’t make ‘actual’ endings to their works. They abruptly end the story as a ‘dream’ or a ‘hallucination’. It’s almost like that author does not want to be questioned about his writings nor does the writer want to explain his writings and how he came up with them so he just claims everything as a dream and takes the easy way out.
I know a lot of people had a problem with the ending Carroll wrote. I am one of those people. Many of my classmates seem to have problems with it, too. Brittany M. and Hersh T. seem to agree with me as well. They both state that writers introduce us to fantasy worlds. But not just regular fantasy worlds. These fantasy worlds are magical and quirky worlds where anything can happen. They then throw in some funny characters with eccentric attitudes and random (but captivating) happenings. Once the hero gets into the fantasy world, everything seems so very real. Everything seems like reality, and the writer makes it so it is hard to distinguish the two (fantasy and reality). After the hero has done a few things here and there, the writer puts him or her in a dangerous or possibly harmful position. Before anything truly bad can happen, the hero is snatched out of the fantasy world somehow. In this case, Alice is the hero and she wakes up before a deck of flying cards hit her.

But what makes writers want to do this? What would make a writer possibly want to destroy the  complex, amazing world that took him so long to create? Especially Carroll. Why would he take so much time writing a story – a good one at that – ad then totally trashing it?

I also don’t like how the writer (Carroll) builds up suspense and then stops the story before anything great can happen. I really wanted to find out what happened to Alice after she was attacked by the flying cards. Carroll could have at least had Alice wake up after the flying card incident. I know it is not my story, but is that too much to ask for?


One Response to “Easy Way Out”

  1. Elizabeth A.

    Well, when you think about it, Carroll wrote this for a child. Children love suspense, and perhaps that suspense could allow her imagination to have run wild. Allow her games of make-believe to be even more vivid, different, and vivacious. Maybe he wanted to end it because he figured that she would want another story, which he did write. But, that story would allow him to be close to Alice Liddell for just that much longer. Though, that is just my opinion. Great work here!

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