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"Watership Down"
An overview of "Watership Down" by Richard Adams.
# 45672 | 1,871 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 17, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper introduces, discusses, and analyzes the book, "Watership Down" by Richard Adams. Specifically, it analyzes and reviews the book, the characters, and Adams' writing style. "Watership Down" is a timeless tale of several courageous rabbits who strike out on their own, make amazing discoveries, and survive to create their own society. More than a children's story, it is a story of humankind and the good and evil that inhabit all societies.

From the Paper:

"To many, Richard Adams' first book, "Watership Down," was simply a cute little novel about a group, or warren, of rabbits. However, "Watership Down," written in 1972 and at first a cult novel, is much more than just a cute story about rabbits on a journey. In fact, "Watership Down" is the complex story of a society much like our own, which includes religion, economics, education, government, and family issues just like any other modern society, except this society is made up entirely of rabbits. The book won the 1973 Carnegie Medal, and was initially seen as a children's book in England, where it was first published. However, the book has become much more than a classic children's story, in spite of how many children read the book each year. Adams himself was surprised by the book's acceptance as a children's novel. He said, "I have been pleasantly staggered to receive letters of obviously sincere appreciation from eight-year-olds; I wouldn't have thought anyone under ten could tackle 'Watership Down.' It only goes to show. Apparently straight writing carries some kind of readability of its own" ("Some Ingredients"). A film has been made of the book, and it has been used extensively as a literature resource in schools around the world."

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