One of the most iconic rabbits in litterateur is the white rabbit in Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll in 1865.
The white rabbit is an eccentric and high-strung gentleman who is wary of the time. In the beginning of the book when Alice sees him, he can be heard muttering: “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!” The white rabbit in Wonderland has had a large influence on pop culture. Besides many adaptations of the book, the white rabbit has appeared in other works too.
The symbolism of the rabbit and its rabbit hole has appeared in countless movies and songs. In the movie Matrix, Neo is told to “follow the white rabbit” and to take the red pill in order to “find out just how deep the rabbit hole goes”. Another example is the song White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane that makes uses the character and the Wonderland saga as metaphors for drug-induced experiences.
Even in Star Trek (the original series) there is an episode where Doctor McCoy sees the white rabbit.
The original illustration of the White Rabbit is made by Sir John Tenniel.