Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater 1 - WW Denslow - Project Gutenberg etext 18546

Peter is the main protagonist of the nursery rhyme "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater." This nursery rhyme is considered to be a classic among children, and is most commonly found in Mother Goose books. However, this nursery rhyme in question is actually centuries of years old, and its real meaning is fequently disputed. The following is the most common interpretations of this classic nursery rhyme.

Common Interpretations

There are many different interpretations to this classic nursery rhyme. One interpretation of this nursery rhyme states that Peter had a wife who was very sexually active, and he couldn't keep her from running off. He decided to do the unthinkable and murdered her, and he then stuffed her body into a pumpkin. And it is there that he kept her very well. Another interpretation of the nursery rhyme posits that perhaps Peter locked his wife up so that she wouldn't escape again.

Other Media

There was a toyline that was known as McFarlane's Twisted Fairy Tales, and it involved taking several well-known fairy tales and then proceeding to make them as dark as humanly possible. Peter was depicted as a cannibalistic serial killer who would store his victims' body parts in a hollow pumpkin.