7/25/18

White Rabbit


Lewis Carroll choreographed his Alice dream with the leading man played by White Rabbit. The author had other choices he could have cast in the role––fox, gopher, squirrel, mouse, raccoon. So, why Mr. Rabbit? Because, he is an archetype, a symbol, a myth, a legend with common themes among multiple cultures throughout the history of humans and animals. 

As a spirit totem in Native American lore, Rabbit is the Guide, especially to the underworld. Rabbits burrow underground networks of tunnels, known as warrens. Rabbits are good navigators, able to see in dark places. Myths describe them as seers with psychic powers. They possess superior, directional ability. They are quick. Clever. They zig, zag. In some cultures, they are Tricksters. In others, Heroes, such as the Great Hare who created the world. The Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac leads to prosperity, peace, beauty, and love.

Wild rabbits populated the glen along the English river, where Lewis Carroll first debuted his Alice story to the three Liddell sisters, one of whom was Alice. The girls sat in rapt attention listening to the professor spin the tale about Alice's adventure following White Rabbit into the underground. The rabbit is Alice' guide. He leads her from scene to scene, introducing her to the hookah-smoking caterpillar, Tweedledum Tweedledee, and the Red Queen. In the end, Mr. Rabbit leads her out of the hare hole, back to the aboveground meadow, where the fictional Alice had fallen asleep one hour prior.

The surface story is Alice's Adventure under Ground. A parallel story is Alice's encounter with the Deep State, Shadow Government, and dark web––the under Ground.