Alice In Wonderland Character Analysis

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There are an array of fascinating secondary characters in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Many of whom have been able to capture various generations’ imagination over the years and inspire countless different adaptations. One character seemingly shines and stands out above the rest, and that is the Cheshire Cat. The Cheshire Cat plays an important role in storyline, but also to Alice herself. Throughout the novel the Cheshire Cat is a representation of Alice’s conscious mind in the dream world she finds herself.
The dictionary definition of consciousness is “a person’s mind and thoughts” (Merriam-Webster) or “the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings” (Merriam-Webster). Though we are not aware that Alice’s adventures
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It is at this point Alice is not sure of where to go next, though she has vague ideas about wanting to go to the garden, she isn’t sure on how to get there. It is then that the Cheshire Cat appears before her high in a tree, grinning like always. It is important to note that here Alice makes the observation that though the cat seems good-natured, it needs to be treated with respect. This is fascinating because the Cheshire Cat is the only character Alice meets in Wonderland that she knows she can’t offend and has to tread lightly with. That even though she meets various monarchs, it is a cat that earns and keeps her …show more content…
The two have a conversation about knowing which way to go and at first glance this seems to be utter nonsense, but it actually makes sense in a roundabout way. This is on par with many of the conversations Alice has in Wonderland, but what is interesting is the fact that the Cheshire Cat and Alice finish a thought process together. “‘I don’t much care where-’ said Alice. ‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat. ‘-so long as I get somewhere,’ Alice added as an explanation” (Carroll 66-67). Though throughout the conversation Alice tries to be in opposition of what the Cat says, she seemingly can’t disagree with him and it is this character whose word she begins to understand. This is also seen when the Cat explains how everyone is mad, including Alice and himself. To the reader he seemingly does not know Alice and the only explanation he gives Alice for being mad is that she is in Wonderland with them. This is significant especially after we learn that Alice’s trip into Wonderland was all a dream and something she made up in her head. The Cheshire Cat is the first and only character in the story to make comment on Alice’s identity and recognize her as different from the world around them. He is also the only character to help Alice somewhat understand what is happening to her and this world and try to give her actually advice on

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