Essay on Richard Adams’s Watership Down

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Richard Adams’s Watership Down

There are many intriguing and fascinating lessons and thoughts that can be extracted from Richard Adams’s Watership Down when inspected under a “magnifying glass.” From those many issues, the one that is the most influential to ourselves is the issue regarding anti-segregation, portrayed ingeniously by Richard Adams through Hazel within many different cases in the novel. Out of those many instances, this essay will discuss two of them, explain how they display the issue of anti-segregation, and compare them to a famous historical and political figure. The character in the novel that Richard Adam decides to portray as a “civil rights leader” is Hazel. Hazel and his companions have already discovered
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The first instance that Hazel shows his anti-segregation mentality occurs shortly after the rabbits find the Honeycomb. They were gathered underground when Silver quickly came down screaming “Hawk! Hawk!” After they were all safe underground they noticed a mouse had joined them. Quickly, Hazel came over to the mouse to see if it was ok. Contrary to the rest of the rabbits, he told the mouse it could stay underground until it was safe to go back up. Hazel was quick to notice that this mouse was of no threat to them, and didn’t see any reason not to help it. Just because it wasn’t another rabbit like them, didn’t mean that they had to automatically treat it like it was in a “lower class.” Since Hazel was able to understand this, and act on it, he was rewarded towards the end of the novel where the same mouse informed them that Woundwart was camped close to them and was going to attack them. This is the first example of how Hazel was not only physically a leader, but also a civil rights leader. The second example occurs when Bigwig and Silver were wandering around and they saw and heard something behind the bushes. When they discovered it was a huge white bird they both tried to get close to it. As they approached it, it began to go crazy so they ran away. Hazel met up with them and asked them what happened. They told him about the big white bird that they found that was hurt. Quickly Hazel went over to the bird

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