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Throughout history there have been many occasions where mythology has been used Also there are many different forms of mythology Such forms as Greek mythology and many people also see the bible and the stories in it as a form of mythology In this essay the significance of Richard Adams use of mythology in his novel Watership Down will be interpreted This will be done in an effort to help one better understand this great novel which has a greater meaning than just a book about rabbits For someone to understand how Adams used mythology to write his novel that person must understand what mythology is According to the Standard Dictionary the definition for mythology is The myths and legends of a people concerning creation gods and heroes dictionary 841 There are many instances in this novel where a story is told or a prophecy seen that relates back to mythology For example in the first part of the novel they state that what Robin Hood is to the English and John Henry to the American Negroes Elil Hrair-Rah or El-ahairah- the Prince with a Thousand Enemies- is to the rabbits 32 This can be related to mythology as well as the bible Many times in mythology there is a great prince or warrior that all the people look up to and believe that they will receive some kind of blessing for being one of their followers In Greek mythology one of these great leaders was Zeus the king of the gods for the Greeks and Mars the god of war for the Romans Also there is a very large prince figure in the bible Jesus the prince of princes and the lord of lords was considered to be one of the worlds most influential figures of his time In fact the legacy of Jesus still lives on today as a savior of the Christians all over the world Another strong comparison to the connection
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