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Rabbits do not entirely digest all of their food the first time it passes through their bodies. Some other herbivores have more than one stomach, in which the tough fibers of plants are ground up,...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2012, 12:00 am (UTC)

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This quote comes from the narrator or the character of Frith and is said to Hazel. The full quote that is said to Hazel is as follows: All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011, 6:44 pm (UTC)

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Each epigraph (short quote before a chapter) in the novel is related in some way to the themes of the story in that chapter; they shed light on the ideas which will be presented and add depth to...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013, 9:59 pm (UTC)

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What is important to remember about this classic book is that it is an allegory that uses a community of rabbits to comment upon the community of humans and the many problems that emerge. So, when...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2011, 7:09 pm (UTC)

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Clearly, this brilliant and compelling text is a loosely veiled allegory about the way that differences bring division and conflict into the world of humans, not just the world of rabbits. One key...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2011, 12:39 am (UTC)

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Blackavar's mother had not been born an Efrafan; she had come from Nutley Copse, having been taken prisoner when Woundwort attacked the warren there. Subsequently, she had mated with an Efrafan...

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The great hall of the warren becomes known as "The Honeycomb" because of the network of vertical roots that support the ceiling. These, in addition to a series of blocks of earth which are left...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2009, 10:47 am (UTC)

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The rabbits are shown to live mostly in harmony with nature, since they are small prey animals and need to keep a low profile. As long as they avoid predators, they have happy lives, and do not...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012, 11:08 pm (UTC)

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All the rabbits that escape the warren before the humans gas it are male, and Hazel quickly realizes that without any female rabbits -- does -- they will not be able to start a new warren. It is...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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One example in Part 2 comes when Fiver predicts that Kehaar, the seagull, will return with information about available female rabbits in the area: "He will return," said Fiver unhesitatingly. "And...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012, 11:37 pm (UTC)

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Fiver is a small rabbit, a runt, that has visions that come true. They are often terrible and foretell misfortune for the rabbits of his warren. He is a seer in a traditional sense, and his older...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2013, 3:34 am (UTC)

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That quote is part of a larger story, which is below. It is part of the mythology of why the rabbits are hunted by so many animals. "Long ago, the great Frith made the world. He made all the...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2007, 4:21 am (UTC)

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At its heart, the novel is an adventure and survival tale about a band of rabbits who leave their warren because of a danger which one rabbit, Fiver, anticipates in a psychic vision. The rabbits...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2020, 11:37 am (UTC)

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They leave because Fiver has a dream in which the warren is covered in blood. He's something of a seer: able to witness some, but not all of the future. So, the others that leave take his dream...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2009, 7:56 am (UTC)

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Isn't this a great book? I loved this book and the movie. I would say a very important part of chapter six is "The Story of The Blessings of El-Ahrairah." Long ago, the great Frith made the...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2008, 11:12 am (UTC)

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Fiver is a small and weak rabbit, mostly dependent on his older brother Hazel, and prone to fits of clairvoyance where he can predict some future events. As the book progresses, it becomes clear...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012, 10:30 pm (UTC)

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General Woundwart appears as an archetypal "dictator" figure. This generalization of the archetype allows the character to draw comparisons to any historical dictator. Comparisons have been drawn...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2008, 7:03 am (UTC)

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Part 2 of Watership Down takes place during June, since the last mention of "May" as a month comes in Chapter 14: As they came up into the May morning... After this, the first concrete mention of...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012, 11:21 pm (UTC)

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Literature is, of course, open to interpretation, so you may get some different answers depending on who you ask, but if I had to compare Watership Down to a Kipling work, I would compare it to The...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2011, 7:23 am (UTC)

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Watership Down is the epic tale of Hazel and his group of rabbits that have left their comfortable warren in search of a new place to call home. While it seems like a lifetime for the rabbits, the...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015, 6:18 pm (UTC)

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Humans are responsible for the destruction of the natural world. Throughout the novel, humans are associated with the death of rabbits, whether by poison, construction, or cars. Crossing the road...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2009, 1:41 am (UTC)

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Each of the initial rabbits who leave the warren have specific skills to contribute. Fiver's original premonition leads them to escape the warren, which is gassed by humans, and he correctly...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2012, 11:48 pm (UTC)

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The excerpts at the beginning of each chapter serve many purposes. The first is to show that the author, Richard Adams, is a widely educated writer since the epigraphs are taken from major works in...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2007, 10:52 am (UTC)

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The link referenced below has a "Lapine Glossary" that goes with Watership Down. It appears to be the same as the one in my copy of the book.

Latest answer posted November 16, 2007, 1:24 pm (UTC)

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Bigwig squeals, "The wire!" as he lies exhausted after his battle with Woundwort.  Semi-conscious, he hears the voice of Fiver saying, "You are closer to death than I"...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2007, 12:16 am (UTC)

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You can find a summary, character analysis and other information in the Watership Down pages at eNotes. Just follow the link below! As for individual chapter summaries/analysis, please post a...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2007, 11:54 am (UTC)

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Hyzenthlay describes her visions to Bigwig in Chapter 35. She sees visions of a dog snapping a rope and a rabbit riding in a hrududu.

Latest answer posted November 18, 2007, 11:08 pm (UTC)

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This is such a great novel. I remember using this in my English class several years ago. Fiver told Hazel that something terrible was going to happen to their warren. Captain Holly was the head...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2008, 12:24 pm (UTC)

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I think the most obvious theme would be Human development impacts the natural world negatively, leading to the destruction of animal societies. Throughout the novel, humans are associated with the...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2009, 3:56 am (UTC)

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