Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Characters
by Lewis Carroll

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Characters

The main characters in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are Alice, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts.

  • Alice is the imaginative young protagonist.
  • The White Rabbit is the rabbit that Alice follows into Wonderland. 
  • The Cheshire Cat is a cat with the ability to disappear at will.
  • The March Hare is the host of a tea party that Alice attends.
  • The Mad Hatter is a riddle-loving guest at the March Hare's tea party.
  • The Queen of Hearts is an ill-tempered ruler who orders her guards to chop off Alice's head.

Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

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Alice

Alice, a curious, imaginative, strong-willed, and honest young English girl. She falls asleep by the side of a stream in a meadow and dreams that she follows a White Rabbit down his hole. She has many adventures in a Wonderland peopled by all kinds of strange characters and animals.

The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit, anxious, aristocratic, dandified. Alice follows him down his hole, which leads to an enchanted house and garden. The White Rabbit is a prime minister of sorts in Wonderland, for he has close contact with the royalty there and carries out their orders, although he does not institute policy.

The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts, the ill-tempered Queen of Wonderland. She constantly demands that everyone who crosses her be beheaded. Fond of croquet, she orders Alice to take part in a game in which flamingoes are used for mallets and hedgehogs for balls. She issues an order for Alice’s execution at the end of the book, but the order is never carried out because Alice accuses the Queen and all her company of being only a pack of cards, an assertion that turns out to be true.

The King of Hearts

The King of Hearts, a timid, kindly man. Although he is completely under his wife’s power because of her temper, he manages to pardon all her victims surreptitiously.

The Duchess

The Duchess, another member of royalty in Wonderland, a platitude-quoting, moralizing, ugly old woman who lives in a chaotic house. Deathly afraid of the Queen, she is ordered to be beheaded, but the sentence is never carried out.

The Cook

The Cook, the Duchess’ servant. She flavors everything with pepper, insults her mistress, and throws cooking pans at her.

The Cheshire Cat

The Cheshire Cat, the Duchess’ grinning cat. Continually vanishing and reappearing, he is a great conversationalist, and he tells Alice much of the gossip in Wonderland.

The Duchess’ Baby

The Duchess’ Baby, a strange, howling, little infant. The baby turns into a pig when the Duchess entrusts it to Alice’s care.

The Knave of Hearts

The Knave of Hearts, a timid, poetry-writing fellow accused of stealing some tarts that the Queen has made.

The March Hare

The March Hare, the rude host of a mad tea party to which Alice invites herself and then wishes that she had not.

The Mad Hatter

The Mad Hatter, a riddle-making, blunt, outspoken guest at the tea party. He is a good friend of the March Hare, and at the party, the two try to prove to Alice that she is stupid.

The Dormouse

The Dormouse, another guest at the tea party. He is a sleepy creature, aroused long enough to recite for Alice and then pushed headfirst into the teapot.

The Gryphon

The Gryphon, a mythical creature, half bird, half animal, who escorts Alice to the home of the Mock Turtle so that she may hear the recital of the Turtle’s life story.

The Mock Turtle

The Mock Turtle, an ever-sobbing animal. He recites his life’s story to Alice and everyone else within earshot.

The Caterpillar

The Caterpillar, a hookah-smoking insect who perches on the top of a magic mushroom. Officious and easily offended, he tests Alice’s intelligence with a series of ridiculous riddles.

Bill, The Lizard

Bill, The Lizard, an unfortunate fellow picked by the other animals to go down the chimney of the White Rabbit’s house and try to force out Alice, who has assumed gigantic proportions after drinking a magic potion she found on the table.

The Mouse

The Mouse, who greets...

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