In the book The Wind in the Willows, what is the main problem in the story?

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Author Kenneth Grahame reportedly said that he wanted to write a book that was “free of problems, clear of the clash of sex.” So, the only real problem in this novel is that of the conflict of urges: on the one hand, there is the urge to leave home, while the animals also enjoy the security of the respective places where they dwell. Perhaps, Rat enjoys being home more than the others; however,in Chapter IX, he

ever observant of winged movement, saw that it was taking daily a southing tendency; and even as he lay in bed at night, he thought he could make out, passing in the darkness overhead, the beat and quiver of impatient pinion ,obedient as the peremptory call.

In the final chapter, "The Return of Ulysses," a chapter that mocks the Greek legend, Toad, Rat, Badger and Mole return home. In several parallels, Toad faces challenges in arriving and must reclaim his ancestral home from weasels, ferrets, and stoats, who have invaded it.