The title of this book is Watership Down, and it was written by Richard Adams. The story is about a group of rabbits who run away from their warren, or their pack, after learning that their lives were in danger. These rabbits listen to the forewarning of one inferior rabbit with big powers, this rabbit can predict the future. After hearing the forewarning of the aforementioned rabbit, Fiver, the group runs away from their warren, with Fiver’s brother, Hazel, as their chief on a perilous journey.
As they went on this journey a major theme through the book was deception. The rabbits constantly told stories about El-ahrairah, or the “Prince with a Thousand Enemies”. The “Prince with a Thousand Enemies” was a rabbit folk hero, who was constantly tricking animals and other things. The rabbits used him as their inspiration to constantly use deception.
Fiver is Hazel’s younger brother. He is a small, timid rabbit with wide, staring eyes and a nose that constantly twitches. Fiver has the ability to sense things other rabbits can not, he can predict the future. Due to that, he is frequently in a nervous state, but he still manages to guide the group in the proper direction, regardless of how he is feeling. Fiver also has the ability to sense danger when others can not. At one point, the pack felt as though they were safe with a new warren in an exposed place, but Fiver ended up saving them from certain death. Fiver constantly sticks to his instincts and does not change his mind, due to other people’s opinions. He is definitely an important asset for the warren.
Overall, I did not like Watership Down, due to the fact that I constantly felt weighted down reading it. When I started the book, I expected a light, adventurous story, but at some points the book was not light, but instead it felt that they kept facing problem after problem, and some of the decisions that were made weren’t favorable in my eyes. But, regardless, I still found the concept of the story to be flawless. The author did a wonderful job making these animals feel like relatable human beings. As I read the book, I was constantly reminded of the Israelites and their journey leaving Babylon to go to Jerusalem, and build a new temple and a new wall. I was specifically reminded of Ezra 9:9, “Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.” Even though the rabbits were in bondage to their warren, or society even, and the dangers that they faced. They were protected in the sight of Frith, or the sun god; they were given the opportunity to form a new warren, where they had a home...