Course Hero Logo

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "Alice in Wonderland Study Guide." Course Hero. 28 July 2016. Web. 30 May 2023. <>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2016, July 28). Alice in Wonderland Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved May 30, 2023, from

In text

(Course Hero, 2016)



Course Hero. "Alice in Wonderland Study Guide." July 28, 2016. Accessed May 30, 2023.


Course Hero, "Alice in Wonderland Study Guide," July 28, 2016, accessed May 30, 2023,

Alice in Wonderland | Chapter 6 : Pig and Pepper | Summary



Alice reaches a strange house and hears terrible howling and screaming inside. She enters to find a kitchen, where the Cook is stirring a very peppery soup. In the middle of the room, the Duchess is holding (and occasionally shaking) a screaming baby boy, who is also sneezing nonstop because of the pepper.

The Duchess hands the baby over to Alice, who takes him outside. Gradually, the baby turns into a pig, which Alice turns loose. She then spots the Cheshire Cat in a tree, who gives her directions to the Hatter's. When Alice remarks that she doesn't want to "go among mad people," the Cheshire Cat says, "We're all mad here."


Lewis Carroll's father was rector of a church that featured a carving of a cat's head on one wall. Looked at from a child's perspective, the carving showed the cat to be smiling broadly. This carving may have inspired Carroll's creation of the Cheshire Cat. Additionally, the expression "grinning like a Cheshire cat" was a familiar one in Carroll's day.

The Cheshire Cat makes the book's first mention of madness, a popular theme in Victorian literature. This is also the first time that Alice is warned that the characters she'll meet next are insane, though most of the characters she has already encountered have also seemed mad.

The baby's transformation into a pig is a good example of the dream motif that runs through the novel. In dreams, things can change in unexpected and illogical ways. The transformation of the baby boy is also in keeping with Carroll's opinion of little boys. "My best love to yourself," he once signed off in a letter to a little girl. He added, "To your small, fat, impertinent, ignorant brother, my hatred."

Documents for Chapter 6

View all

Questions for Chapter 6

View all
I need 2-3 pages research paper, on Eric Schlosser book " Fast Food Nation". Just need to look up a critical review of Fast Food Nation. The review should focus on the nature of Schloser’s evidence –
"Which kind of turnabout is required to make during your road test?" (This would be relating to Driver's Ed.) --Chapter 6 Lesson 1--
Beauty: When the Other Dancer is the Self After reading the story by Maya Angelou, you should have a good idea what makes a good narrative story. It has a point, a beginning, a middle, and an ending.
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Alice in Wonderland? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!