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Term 2 Book Report 2003 Name: Wong Yun Sheng Calvin [2O/23] Book: Watership Down Author: Richard Adams Publisher: Puffin Books Contents: > Novel Synopsis > Character Analysis > Personal Response Novel Synopsis One day Fiver, sensing danger, convinces his brother Hazel that they must leave their warren. Hazel tries to warn the Chief Rabbit of the danger Fiver predicts, but he does not listen. Hazel gathers a group of rabbits that are willing to leave with him and go along until they reach another warren of rabbits. These rabbits are very strange and act differently from other rabbits. Hazel and his group decided to leave after Bigwig get caught in a wire, for they realize that the farmer living nearby puts out food for the rabbits so they become big and healthy; then the man catches them in traps and kill them. After many days of travel, Hazel and the others come to Watership Down, which they feel is an excellent place for a warren. The soil is perfect, and enemies can be spotted from many miles away. Here they dig burrows and the rabbits seem satisfied for a period of time. ...read more.


While Hazel always has a chance for defeat, he can be compared to the underdog. Though he is the chief rabbit, and most of the time composes himself quite calmly, he does show signs of nervousness and fright. In some instances in the story he even seems frightened, and unsure of himself, which can even add to the reason why the readers enjoy him so much, because he needs to be reassured at times that what he is doing is correct. Along with being the caring rabbit who values others opinions openly, Hazel does show instances where he seems selfish. An example of this is when he has already sent out the diplomatic expedition to Efrafa, but yet he decides that it will look amazing if he could retrieve does from the Nuthanger Farm. This was risky, and unnecessary behavior, but his selfishness, can be argued with him just trying to prove himself. Due to his lack of confidence, he must feel that everyone else doubts his leadership qualities. So his "showboating" is probably a way of proving his worth as a leader. There is a thin line between bravery and stupidity, but Hazel is able to stay inline, while at the same time composes himself as a fine role model for rabbits everywhere. ...read more.


To be able to follow each individual character, and watch their growth and development has an outstanding impact on the story. The real personalities that each character possess, along with the human like interactions between each character's personality enables us to learn much from them. There are not two egos alike in this story. Whether it is the nervous yet assert and attentive leader, all the way to the ruthless, vindictive enemy, the characters possess the ability to grab us and force us to relate their beings to our own. This story and its characters are not just a bunch of rabbits, but more human then can ever be conceived. These characters teach us about ourselves as well as humanity, and if it were not for their special personalities, all this learning would be lost. Personal Response Overall, I have really enjoyed the book Watership Down, its deep analysis of human nature, thoughtful insights, adventurous plot and strong and touching imagery, but I would like to point out a few dislikes that I have after reading this book. Firstly, the book is overall understandable by the common reader, but there are some parts that leave me wondering, "What's going on here?", or "Why is this so?". ...read more.

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