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Oink, Oink?

December 1, 2009

Stories are so interesting. There are no limits in anything, anybody writes. Like a child turning into a pig? Impossible, right? Not in Wonderland.

Chapter 6 is a very interesting chapter. This is Alice’s first time meeting the Duchess and the famous Cheshire Cat. After passing the Footman outside the Duchess’ home, Alice walks into a noisy, pepper-filled kitchen along with a screaming baby and cook making soup with an awful lot of pepper.

What really is curious is the treatment of the child. After the baby is called pig and hit with cooking pans, Alice steals the baby away for a little bit, pondering whether she should take the baby with her, so sure that if the baby stayed with the Duchess, it would die. Before she is finished thinking though, the child had already turned into an actual pig!

The Duchess must’ve known the baby was going to turn into a pig due to jer poor treatment but why? Why would Carroll make the child turn into a pig? To me, this completely makes no sense. What resemblence does a child and a pig have?

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3 comments

  1. Carroll isn’t the only author of a “children’s book” to have a well-established distaste for children. Dr. Seuss famously did not like kids…and there are many who say Roald Dahl didn’t either.

    The big question this bodes, though, is…does it matter if an author isn’t wild about his/her audience? Should that be relevant to the success or failure of a book?


  2. Just as Ryan said, I saw it as him connecting it to how he hated boys. Alice takes the baby to take care of it when, all of a sudden it turns into a pig. Once Alice realizes it is a pig she lets him go. It is kind of funny to me actually. I think Carroll did it on purpose. I think he was trying to teach Alice to be careful because “boys are pigs.”


  3. You mean the connection between a young boy, and a pig in the mind of a person who not only dislikes, but even hates, small boys? Lewis distaste for young buys has been well established up to this point. However it is at this point we first see it influence his story. The hidden messages for Alice are scattered desultory across the pages of Wonderland. This is perhaps one of the more important of the hidden messages, but definitely not the more obvious.

    You mean the connection between a young boy, and a pig in the mind of a person who not only dislikes, but even hates, small boys? Lewis distaste for young buys has been well established up to this point. However it is at this point we first see it influence his story. The hidden messages for Alice are scattered desultory across the pages of Wonderland. This is perhaps one of the more important of the hidden messages, but definitely not the more obvious. The message of the young boy turning into a Pig was obviously designed to warn Alice against boys. That they are dangerous creatures, and more often than not, they are pigs.



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