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What is the plot of The Wind in the Willows?

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Posted December 7, 2009 at 7:46 AM via web

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What is the plot of The Wind in the Willows?

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 7, 2009 at 8:22 AM (Answer #1)

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"The Wind in the Willows" is an English children's tale about a group of gentlemen who are made up of animals.  The animals in the tale have characteristics of both animals and humans.  The story moves slowly and speeds up as the reader moves through the storyline.

Rat and Mole are two woodland creatures who meet and become friends. They take an adventurous ride on a river where they come to Toad Hall.  At the Hall they visit Mr. Toad an obsessive egocentric creature who has a greater penchant for mischief than the other two.  Toad's obsessions lead the group on adventures as he desires to operate a horse drawn caravan and later a motor car.

The friends seek help from Badger because Toad's behaviors have led to catastrophe and disaster.  The mole and rat feel that they have to protect Toad from himself.  Badger tries talking Toad out of wild behaviors which fails.  To save Toad form himself the trio decide that he needs to be kept under arrest.  Mole escapes and steals a car which he soon crashes.  He is sentenced to 20 years in prison.  He escapes from prison with the help of the jailer's daughter.

In Toad's absence "Toad Hall" has been taken over by the weasels who set up to damage the hall.  Toad saves the day by taking back Toad Hall and casting out the weasels.  He makes good with every one and the story ends with the four friends living hapily ever after.

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