Posted by: Angela W. | December 3, 2009

We are all truly mad

Before we can say we are all truly mad, let me define it:

MAD

–adjective

mentally disturbed; deranged; insane; demented. enraged; greatly provoked or irritated; angry. extremely foolish or unwise; imprudent; irrational: a mad scheme to invade France. wildly excited or confused: frantic: mad haste. overcome by desire, eagerness, enthusiasm, etc.; excessively or uncontrollably fond; infatuated: He’s mad about the opera. wildly gay or merry; enjoyably hilarious: to have a mad time at the Mardi Gras. (of wind, storms, etc.) furious in violence: A mad gale swept across the channel.

It is clear that everyone in the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is mad. The Mad Hatter and the March Hare have a ‘mad’ time at the tea party. The white rabbit is frantic. The Queen has ‘mad’ schemes to chop off everybody’s heads. Some other characters seem mentally disturbed as well.

Are we mad for reading and analyzing this story full of madness?

My answer is yes. We may not be mentally disturbed, but we could be eager and have an uncontrollable fondness for this story or it could just make us mad (noun; an angry or ill-tempered period, mood, or spell.) I believe we are mad just for asking questions about this story. We actually have wonders and concerns about this book full of nonsense. We are wondering about a little girl falling down a rabbit hole and finding a whole new world. We are questioning the journeys Alice goes through, even though they are all not likely. We are analyzing the impossible. Personally, I think we are mad.

What do you think?

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Responses

  1. Well, we are all obviously mad. Nobody is the same, and if you are using one person for a basis of sanity, this makes everyone else mad. If everybody is mad, obviously we are mad for reading this crazy book. Now, we may not realize we are mad, but we still are. We are indeed crazy about this project, rushing to discover things, discovering meanings that the author most likely did not see himself. If we are finding things in something that the original creator didn’t see, we are finding made up things, and by accepting these as true, we are indeed crazy and mad.


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