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The rabbits in Watership Down treat "Hraka" (excrement) like humans would treat it, so what does it mean when they...

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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In Watership Down, are the epigraphs before each chapter related more to the story or to larger literary themes?

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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 "When they catch you, they will kill you; but first, they must catch you." What are the stylistic devices used in...

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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What are some important quotes from Watership Down regarding its political significance?

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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In Watership Down, what are some obstacles the rabbits have to face in the quest for does?

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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What are the themes present in Watership Down?

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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What are some significant quotations from Watership Down?

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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What Is Watership Down About?

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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What is the importance of the excerpts at the beginning of each chapter of Watership Down?

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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Why did the great hall of the warren become "The Honeycomb" in Watership Down?

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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In Watership Down, how does Richard Adams contrast the natural rabbit life with the effects of human life?

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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Explain Blackavar's background in Watership Down.

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...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2009 7:25 am UTC

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In chapter 47 of Watership Down, what is being referred to when Bigwig squeals, "The wire"?

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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What are the months covered during Watership Down?

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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What figure in human history might be compared to General Woundwart and why?

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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How does Adams show the importance of individual contribution to a group in Watership Down?

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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Where can I find the glossary for the made-up words used in the book? Is it on this site at all?

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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In the novel Watership Down, who is the character, Fiver?

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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What is a good summary for Watership Down by Richard Adams? Chapter summaries would be best.

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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What happened to the Saddleford Warren that injured Captain Holly and caused him to leave?

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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During Part 2 of Watership Down, what are two incidents where Fiver uses his powers of premonition?

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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What month or months are covered in Part 2 of Watership Down?

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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What major work by Kipling does the author imitate Watership Down?

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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I'm looking for the exact quote and context in Watership Down akin to: "When they catch you, they will kill you; but...

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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What is the most important quotation from chapter six?

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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What is an example of Fiver's dedication in Watership Down?

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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In Chapter 4, what caused Fiver and the others to leave when they did and do you think they left too early?

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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What two visions does Hyzenthlay have in Watership Down, and in which chapter will I find this information?

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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In the novel Watership Down, what is a good theme on which to focus if writing a paper?

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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