Saturday, March 15, 2014

Is Alice Wonderland's Morrie?

My horrible brainstorm web thing.

Here's my train of thought. I've been considering the role that the "Morrie figure" plays in other literary works. Many works have a figure like Morrie--the guiding force, the supremely wise one with compassion for the younger, more inexperienced characters. Gandalf and Dumbledore are prime examples of Morrie figures in literature. So I started considering who that figure is for Alice. The more I thought about it, the less I was sure that Alice even had a Morrie. But THEN I realized that maybe Alice is the Morrie of the Wonderland stories.

She's the protagonist, and sort of the narrator, which is different from Tuesdays with Morrie. Mitch Albom is the narrator of Morrie, so the narrators would play different roles in the story, but that's not a deal breaker. Morrie has a great deal of influence on Mitch and many other people in his life, and here's where I hit a wall. Alice definitely interacts with the other characters of Wonderland (I didn't include them all on my thought web) but does she really affect them? Does she change the way they think or behave? I'm not so sure about that.

So I'm not sure where to go from here. I'm very open to any ideas or thoughts anyone might have about this dilemma. I wrote my paper shell under the assumption that I'll be able to sort this out and continue down the same basic path.


  1. This is a very interesting train of thought. I definitely think that your point is valid in that Alice is perhaps the most logical person in Wonderland despite her youth. Of course, even that is constantly re-examined throughout the story. But I feel like Alice influences the characters around her simply by listening to their stories, or in reverse, by listening to her stories, we get to understand the characters better and we start to question whether they are truly insane or not. If Morrie is a character who, just by being present, seem to draw out more than what can be seen from the surface of other characters', you could make the connection here... I mean, I feel like Gandalf and Dumbledore is certainly people who guide other people through their wisdom, but I feel it is more because they seem to draw out something that was already present, innate.
    ... Maybe I'm just blabbering. But I hope this helps:)

  2. Oh yes it does help, thank you!