Is Wonderland the Island?-The Cheshire CatNovember 13, 2009
I have noticed many similarities in characters of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and those of Lord of the Flies, especially in Chapter 6. This will be my first blog entry for “Is Wonderland the Island”, focusing on the Cheshire Cat.
First, there is the Cheshire Cat. The constant descriptions of it “grinning from ear to ear” remind me greatly of the Lord of the Flies character in Lord of the Flies. Consider it-they are both animals, they both have a dark, creepy connotation, they are both (probably) imagined by a “hero” of the story, they both speak of madness and darkness of humanity, etc. In Lord of the Flies, the Lord of the Flies character makes a prediction to Simon of the boys on the island all turning savage, into pigs. Similarly, in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, when the Cheshire Cat asks Alice what happened to the Duchess’ baby and she tells it that the child turned into a pig, to which the Cat responds, “I thought it would”. Is this a similar prediction as the Lord of the Flies’ prediction that the boys will turn into pigs? (See my following blog, “Is Wonderland the Island?-The Duchess’ Baby” for further analysis on the correlation between the Duchess’ baby turning into a pig and the Lord of the Flies savages turning into “pigs”.)
Now, obviously the Cat does not perfectly represent the Lord of the Flies; there are differences between the two. For instance, the Cat is friendly. It has a fairly normal conversation with Alice. She even considers it to be her friend! The Lord of the Flies, however, always “speaks” in a very satanic tone. It is anything but Simon’s friend-more his biggest fear. This being said, the similarities between the Cheshire Cat are definitely apparent, and are something to consider when analyzing the meaning of the two stories.