Hands down, the Cheshire Cat remains one of the most iconic images from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. He speaks in riddles, floats through the air, and grins without stopping. What makes him so interesting is often hard to describe, and there are many ways to read this magical, mysterious, and curious character.
For today, watch the following clips and answer the discussion questions in the comments section below. Pay close attention to how the Cheshire Cat is characterized and how he is like/unlike the one represented in our books.
1951 scene from Disney's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Cheshire Cat in Tim Burton's 2010 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
1999 Cheshire Cat scene from the made-for-TV movie Alice in Wonderland
Questions for Discussion:
1) In your opinion, which cat (from the above adaptations) is most like the one that appears in Chapter VI of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland? Please use specific textual evidence to support your ideas.
2) Which cat is the least like Carroll's Cheshire cat? Why?
3) Pick your favorite Cheshire Cat quote. Explain the nonsense and the logic behind it.
4) Lastly, why a Cheshire cat?