An Analysis Of "The Wind In The Willows" By Kenneth Grahame On The Concept Of A Journey

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The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame, allegorically relates to the concept of a journey. Not only does this extract describe the arranging of a physical journey but also it illustrates different people's connotations of and responses to the idea of a journey. This excerpt shows that The Wind in the Willows can be interpreted and enjoyed by children and also examined on a deeper level by adults. The author, Kenneth Grahame, has successfully conveyed the two possible levels by the development of characters and the use of techniques including simple ideas, colourful language, enthusiastic dialogues and the use of active and passive voice.Though this novel was written for children, it has been enjoyed throughout time by adults as well. It features the adventures of animal characters - principally Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad who each possess recognisable human characteristics, while still exhibiting authentic animal habits. It is in this sense an allegory: this means it has relevance beyond the surface adventures of these animal characters. It tells us something about human attitudes and behaviours. Primarily though, the novel was composed for children - the author has allowed the characters to be animals which creates an element of fantasy - that animals are capable of talking and performing human tasks. The use of personification has effectively conveyed the human qualities of these animals. This is perhaps one of the reasons why this novel is such a successful children's story. Wind in the Willows relates well to enthusiastic responders, such as children because of the colourful language, active voice and enthusiastic dialogues. Toad is the main example of this; he is full of energy and excitement. Kenneth Grahame has conveyed Toad's personality through his dialogue and action, using strong verbs and punctuation.The opening of this excerpt immediately communicates information about the novel, the bucolic setting, the characters and their personalities. There are three main characters prominent in this scene; Toad, Rat and Mole.Toad is rather eccentric, dynamic and irresponsible, this excerpt also implies that he is spontaneous and impulsive. Here he has organised to go on a journey full of adventure and excitement, so he believes. Toad seems enthusiastic and full of energy as he describes the journey and his new caravan ad infinitum "Camps, villages, towns, cities! Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!" The use of exclamation...

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