An analysis of the main characters in richard adams watership down

He is powerful and fierce but equally able to act on brains, not just brawn; he is cunning and devises a plan that enables him to defeat the larger, stronger General Woundwort. Rabbits, for example, are urged to be fast, tricky, clever, and resourceful.

An analysis of the main characters in richard adams watership down

Roundwort was orphaned at a very young age and was the Founder of the Efrafra Warren which he givens in a tyrannica way. They bury themselves in and prepare to fight off the invaders, even though they know it will likely cost them their lives. She adjusts to the wild life better than any of the others, and she mates with Speedwell. However, on the way back to Watership Down, a patrol from Efrafa bumps into them, and Captain Campion tracks them and finds their warren. The get three of the four rabbits out, although Hazel is badly injured and thought dead until Fiver goes back and saves him. Watership Down can be Ireland after the famine, Rwanda after the massacres. He befriends a doe called Hyzenthlay who had been identified by Holly and the others as someone able to organize other does and to help them escape. The words on a new noticeboard fill the sensitive seer rabbit, Fiver, with a sense of "some terrible thing — coming closer and closer", threatening their beloved Sandleford: "the field's full of blood". Quiet and straightforward, Buckthorn always helps the warren, but does not often act on his own. It has been suggested that this might have been an attempt to modernise the story, to make it more in tune with the political sensibilities of the s when it was published. The rabbits live happily in their warren and Campion returns to run the Efrafan warren. Most of his tricks are harmless, leaving even his worst enemies with nothing worse than humiliation and the loss of some sort of food.

Adams has sometimes been said to have "anthropomorphised" the rabbits but it always seemed to me that their charm was rather that we become them.

The raid succeeds, and the team escapes with two does and one buck, but in the process Hazel is shot in the leg by one of the farmers. They set about digging a new warren, but soon realize that all the rabbits who escaped from Sandleford are male.

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Similar to Fiver and Hyzenthlay, it is understood that she has visions and is a seer. Woundwort is bigger and stronger than any other rabbit, but Bigwig defeats him, and soon afterward the dog comes and scatters the Efrafan forces.

He escapes with Bluebell when his warren is destroyed by man. The changes in the warmth and the dampness of the soil, the falling of the sunlight patches, the altering movement of the beams in the light wind.

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Keith Mano, a science fiction writer and conservative social commentator writing in the National Review , declared that the novel was "pleasant enough, but it has about the same intellectual firepower as Dumbo. He finds four rabbits in a hutch on the farm: two bucks and two does. Pipkin Pipkin is a small buck rabbit who is very timid. She lives in Efrafra and assists Bigwig in planning the liberation of its inhabitants. Though he is powerful and fierce, he is also shown to be cunning in his own way when he devises a plan to defeat the larger and stronger General Woundwort. Finally, after an argument with Fiver, Bigwig gets caught in a snare. He finds a doe, Hyzenthlay, who helps him set up a plan to escape. For me it continues to hold the lure and the comfort of a pilgrimage to be made and remade. Bluebell traveled with Holly to find Hazel's rabbits. Clover is one of the hutch rabbits that Hazel decides to set free from the barn. His final battle with Woundwort leaves him severely wounded, but he survives and becomes the leader of Hazel's Owsla. He is instrumental in luring the Nuthanger Farm dog into the Efrafans during the siege of Watership Down. Yet, he is a complex character and makes mistakes. He participates in many of the El-ahrairah's capers.

He even leads an attack to destroy the Watership warren as an act of revenge against Bigwig stealing does from Efrafa, which is narrowly defeated by Hazel's ingenuity and Bigwig's bravery.

Dandelion also tells many stories. Although Acorn is not very large or strong, he does his best to help the warren in any way he can.

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For example, he realizes that wood floats and the rabbits use this concept twice to travel along water. This is a problem, because without new generations of rabbits in a few years there will be no warren. After that, however, he follows orders and helps the group as best as he can. Fiver is one of the most intelligent rabbits in the group. Her name means literally "shine-dew-fur", or "fur shining like dew". The language fragments in the books consist of a few dozen distinct words, used mainly for the naming of rabbits , their mythological characters, and objects in their world. In the end, the Black Rabbit comes for him but is revealed to be either El-Ahrairah or Lord Frith himself, and not a grim figure at all but a welcome and respected leader who invites Hazel to join his Owsla. He is a strategist who never stops thinking and knows when to back down and approach an enemy from another side. He sees the good in each individual, and what they bring to the table; in so doing, he makes sure no one gets left behind, thus earning the respect and loyalty of his warren. Fiver collapses unconscious and is taken for dead by the invaders.

Its comfort lies not in all ending well but in the courage, loyalty, language and truth of the the journey. From the moment they leave the warren, the rabbits are in constant danger.

Rothen and Beverly Langston identified the work as one that "subtly speaks to a child", with "engaging characters and fast-paced action [that] make it readable.

Watership down summary

Many readers compare Efrafa to a nation ruled by military dictators. Update this section! Vervain: The head of the Council police in Efrafa, said to be one of the most hated rabbits in the warren. Hazel immediately sets the rabbits to work preparing to defend the warren. Adams has sometimes been said to have "anthropomorphised" the rabbits but it always seemed to me that their charm was rather that we become them. His final battle with Woundwort leaves him severely wounded, but he survives and becomes the leader of Hazel's Owsla. Bluebell tells stories almost as well as Dandelion. General Roundwort suspects she is the cause of dissent and orders his guards to watch her closely. Keith Mano, a science fiction writer and conservative social commentator writing in the National Review , declared that the novel was "pleasant enough, but it has about the same intellectual firepower as Dumbo. He trusts his brother's instincts and leans on him for advice, in turn always offering reliability and stability. There is something odd about the warren, but they cannot figure out what it is.
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