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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 peoples 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 childrens 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 Toads 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
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