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The novel Watership Down by Richard Adams was originally created for the authors children on a car trip to Stratford The story is not merely a fictional adventure created for children though It has many aspects that reflect the modern world history new ideas and human characteristics These concepts and symbols make the novel appealing to both children and adults Watership Down is based from the perspective of the rabbits they speak to eachother civilly The rabbits have their own institutions such as religion government economics education and family Similar to human history the rabbits have held their own traditions These include the Lapine religion they believe stories told thoughout the novel by Pipkin and creative poetry and arts They select a leader different in every warren Some leaders are tyrants some more democratic and kind Along with the figure of authority there is the Owsla part of the political system This represents what we know as a representative body or congress as in the United States Britain and numerous other countries The Elil are the enemies of the rabbits one of their many threats which they must think how to overcome and survive even in times of stress It is like a constant war to be fought and dealt with Although they still live like rabbits they have the desire to be free and to live in a utopian a concept animals do not normally have In the Cowslip warren the rabbits do not need to worry about basic needs such as food and watching for enemies so they have time for recreation They enjoy human activities such as singing dancing laughing and creating portraits Along with participating in human activities the rabbits have some of the same emotions that the reader can relate to In the Cowslip warren the rabbits do not really care or realize when a rabbit is missing This highlights the horrifying point that in modern society we are caught
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