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Which historical figure can be compared to General Woundwart in Watership Down and why?

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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 to Stalin, because of the totalitarianism of the rabbit's leadership. Woundwart is in charge of every aspect of his clan, and rules with an iron fist. You can also compare Woundwart to Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, due to the militaristic and violent nature of Woundwart's rule. Woundwart is a fighter and a warrior. His life as an orphan forced him to fight for his position, making him hard and callous. Virtually any dictator in history could be compared to Woundwart.

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