The White Rabbit is an imaginary character in Lewis Carroll’s famous book Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. He first appears in the beginning of the novel, in chapter one, in a large waistcoat, and remarking “O why should I wear a waistcoat? It’s rather too formal a gown.” Alice follows him down the white rabbit hole to Wonderland. There she meets the white rabbit, who claims to have no curiosity about her real name, but wishes to find out more about Alice’s adventures, so that he may help her find her slumber party, and get acquainted with the Wonderland fairies. At this stage in the story, the White Rabbit represents everything that Alice is trying to escape from: fear, loneliness, and boredom.
The White Rabbit, also known as the Mad Hatter, or the White Rabbit, is always seen by Alice as resembling a very long, narrow-hanging nose, with his perpetually open mouth. He walks upright, with a plump, even posture, and always smiles. He wears a white hat with an ill-fitting straw and has a crooked, mischievous look in his eyes. His voice, though not entirely clear, seems to come out quite clearly. He speaks mostly in a low, gravelly tone, which is then followed by a squeaky, high-pitched voice.
In a nutshell, the White Rabbit represents the worst aspects of white supremacy in the U.S. and represents the danger of a society dominated by white people, which is also known as the colonization of Africa. This is one of Lewis Carroll’s major themes, as he repeatedly tries to convince Alice to go and visit the “white rabbit” whenever she goes into Wonderland. After she finally decides to visit the “mad hatter”, she is captured again, this time in a steamboat on the Mississippi. During her rescue, she meets the White Rabbit, who shows her that the real white rabbit is a yellow bunny.
At first, Alice is reluctant to believe that rabbits are in fact white, but over the course of the following seven days, she comes to realize that maybe white rabbits do exist. They appear in many different forms, some are friendly and helpful, others are dangerous and mischievous. Eventually, after coming to the realization that the White Rabbit is, indeed, white in appearance, she decides to name him after herself and use him whenever she wishes to wish to say ‘Hunny, nice day’, or something like that. This eventually leads to a friendship between them, one that is depicted throughout the rest of the tale.
The White Rabbit also has a more sinister role to play later in the story, when the queen of Hearts orders him to kill Alice and her son, Henry. Before he can do it, however, the Queen tells him that he has to protect the children because they are innocent and free from evil. In an effort to save the children, the rabbit makes a deal with the Red Queen to save them, but things go wrong once again. He ends up escaping once again, but not before the Queen reveals her plan to have Alice and her son murdered. For what appears to be the first time ever, the Red Queen makes a connection to the White Rabbit, and they join forces to hunt the wicked rodent down once and for all.
In the end, after battling his way through Wonderland and battling the queen and her cronies, the seemingly crazy rabbit realizes that the reason why he is trapped in Wonderland is that he fell down the rabbit hole and came into contact with the Red Queen. Upon learning this, the seemingly mad Rabbit realizes that he needs to find the queen and bring her to justice, which takes him through an elaborate mystery filled with strange caves, gold rings, and strange rooms that are filled with magically enchanted objects. Eventually, the queen is defeated and locked inside a crystal prison, and the story ends with the adventures of the White Rabbit, who becomes the hero of this weird fairytale tale.