A Mirrored Reality – Alice in Wonderland
This is totally off the cuff and not very well thought through… so please bear with me!
I have been thinking of what this ‘alternate’ timeline means for a while now. There are mulptiple possiblities.. I’ve simply just come up with another theory.. or a complication to a theory.
First, the lighthouse. In the lighthouse there is a mirror. Now, we assume that Jacob uses this mirror to keep an eye on his possible candidates, track them, and bring them to the island. Very plausible.
But, what if the mirror is suggestive as to what the “alternate” timeline is? Jack’s scar first got me thinking of this. In one of the more recent episodes, Jack asks his mom when he had his appendix out – strange no? But that’s not my main concern. My main concern is that the scar from Jack’s surgery appears to be on his left side in that episode. I know for a fact that in 4th season, Jack’s appendix was taken out on his right side. This is no mere inconsistancy. It leads me to believe that the “alternate” timeline might be a mirror-world.
Further evidence of this comes from David’s Alice in Wonderland book that Jack points out and tries to talk to his son about. Literature is very significant in this show. I believe we have a “through the looking glass” situation going on.
The mirror concept, however, is subjective depending on the character. Some characters mirror selves are the exact opposite of what we see on the island. For example, Jack is calm, Hurley is lucky, Ben is noble, etc., etc. Others, however, are shown as what they are on the island. For example, Kate still runs, Sayid still kills, etc.
Why a mirror-world is significant.. I have no clue. And if someone else knows, then feel free to add on to this theory. I just thought it made way too much sense in my brain at the time. Discuss away!
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I was doing some research on Alice in Wonderland – particularly the Through the Looking Glass half of the story. This is what I came across:
“Whereas the first book has the deck of cards as a theme, this book is based on a game of chess, played on a giant chessboard with fields for squares. Most main characters met in the story are represented by a chess piece, with Alice herself being a pawn. However, the moves described in the ‘chess problem’ cannot be carried out legally due to a move where white does not move out of check (a list of moves is included – note that a young child might make this error due to inexperience).
Although the chess problem is generally regarded as a nonsense composition because of the story’s ‘faulty link with chess', the French researchers Christophe LeRoy and Sylvain Ravot have argued that it actually contains a ‘hidden code’ by Carroll to the reader. The code is supposed to be related to Carroll’s relationship with Alice Liddell, and apparently contains several references to Carroll’s favorite number, 42.” — Courtesty of Wikipedia
This blew my mind! Because for the duration of the ENTIRE show, we have been shown our characters playing games – all sorts of games: Backgammon, Chess, Risk, Poker, Ring Toss.. you name it. But I have also felt that the characters themselves, in some ways, are game pieces or pawns. Alice in Wonderland just helped me illustrate this quite beautifully. Perhaps then the mirror world is not the one we see in the “alternate” timeline.. perhaps the mirror world is the island and everything that happens on it.
*** EVEN MORE ADDED!!!!***
OK.. I need to stop reading about Alice in Wonderland.. otherwise this post will turn into a book. One last addition to this theory regarding Jack’s talking about Alice in Wonderland with David. Jack mentions to David that his (david’s) favourite characters were Kitty and Snowdrop… here’s what I researched about Kitty and Snowdrop:
“Dinah, Alice’s cat, also makes a return – this time with her two kittens; Kitty (the black one) and Snowdrop (the white one).” — Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Jack mentions two characters – one who is black and one who is white… and I dont think I need to tell the rest of you just how important those two colours have been to us in deciphering this show. What is interesting is that in Through the Looking Glass, Dinah brings these two kittens back with her to wonderland. It leaves me wondering whether or not we will see two children come or return to the island – one on the white side and one on the dark side. This could be a major clue!