The Cheshire cat is not a pet breed. The Cheshire cat is
a fictional character that first appeared Lewis Carroll's story
in 1865 and in Disney's Alice in Wonderland animated film
back in 1951. In the story, Alice wanders through the woods after
a series of happenings after falling into the rabbit hole.
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While roaming around, Alice met the Cheshire cat, a peculiar looking
feline who grins from ear to ear and has a knack of appearing and
disappearing at will.
Alice then tries to get some information from the feline on to
the whereabouts of the rabbit, but her attempts were in vain, as
the Cheshire cat speaks in full riddles and in vague form.
The Cheshire cat wears pink and purple stripes while singing Jabberwocky
songs. Jabberwocky is a poem of nonsense verses written by Lewis
Carroll, and was extracted from his novel Through the Looking-Glass.
Jabberwocky is amusingly considered the greatest nonsense poems
ever written in an English language.
Cheshire cats found numerous adaptations in modern pop culture,
and the famous feline grin is reminiscent of a dubious human character
that the modern world represents. This is coupled with the disappearing/appearing
character of the animal and its senseless blabbermouth.
Pop Goes the Culture ...
Modern pop culture has promoted a representation of the Cheshire
cat, and thus, the creature's various appearances it has made
even in Anime, comic books, novels or comic strips. In reality,
the Cheshire cat does not resembles any real cat at all. Aside
from its appearance and looks, the Cheshire cat is more of a caricature
of human traits and behavior done in a allegorical manner which
has found a great vehicle in modern pop culture.
Every time the grinning Cheshire cat appears, whether in animation
or being mentioned in speeches, it always represents a mischievous
and dubious character, with a sinister smile that hides a not-so-nice
scheme executed in a purple and pink of coat.
Literary works also adopted "the Cheshire cat's grin"
in various ways. Poems, songs and novels make use of that character
to identify and pertain to certain questionable ideals or character.
As long as humanity possesses characters such as that, there will
always be a creative way of riding a vehicle to carry out the
allegorical manner of a fictional character that best describes
humanity in the form of feline.
Feline Speak ...
The Cheshire cat character succeeds in conveying messages in an
amusing manner. It's a form of editorial cartoon living among humans.
A crooked politician best resembles the Cheshire cat, with their
mischievous nonsensical double-talk.
The idea of using a pet as an allegorical tool is effective. The
Cheshire cat is non-human but possesses traits that are human-like,
a subtle way of conveying a message and swallowing a bitter pill
in sugar-coated convenient pack that makes it easy to digest.
Nobody knows what Lewis Carroll really had in mind when he wrote
and created the character of grinning Cheshire cat. But the Cheshire
cat immortalizes the society's reflection of the culture that sees
its own self in the form of this famous feline.