Brittany Gilliam Watership Down Analysis



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Brittany Gilliam Watership Down Analysis

Richard Adams uses alot of imagery and sensory details to help create a setting and mood in this story. Like when he says "The light grew stronger and soon he could see that a little way ahead was an open track of bare gravel." to me this creates sort of a gloomy mood. This is because as light grows stronger towards you your eyes start to hurt and normally it is from a car and it is dark out. Next when Richard Adams says "The hrududil have great lights...They draw creatures towards them, and if they shine on you, you can't see or think..."you can almost connect this to having stage fright. In a way with some people a spotlight makes them forget about their lines and where they are suppose to be or go on stage. This is similar to the rabbits and hrududil because the headlights make them forget what the were about to say and were they are suppose to be or are going.


Brittany - Your first example in the imagery BCR does create imagery and describe the setting, especially with the phrase "bare gravel".  Those two words create a gloomy mood because the gravel is "bare", plain, maybe even a little suspicious because it is bare.  The light imagery is not gloomy, though.  Light imagery is almost always positive and happy.

Your second example about the hrududu doesn't really contain many sensory details and doesn't necessarily help to develop the setting.  This passage does establish a conflict for the rabbits and helps to develop the theme of man and his disregard for the environment; however, it doesn't really have imagery or develop setting, so it's a little off-task. 

In my BCR I should have been clearer. When I said the light created a gloomy mood I meant that the absence of light created a gloomy mood. Next I do believe that my second example created imagery. I just think that it is describing how the cars or “hrududu” effect the animals. It’s just that it described a conflict not a setting.

Verisimilitude is the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true; believability or realistic quality of a story. This is necessary for a fantasy novel because when you have somebody read your book you want them to feel like they are there or even feel like it was once true. Sort of like folk lore or Disney movies. Next Richard Adams uses maps, a unique language (lapine), quotes, and Alussion."What Robin Hood is to the English and John Henry to the American Negroes, Elil-Hrair-Rah, or El-ahrairah- The Prince with a Thousand Enemies-is to rabbits. Uncle Remus might well have heard of him, for some of El-ahrairah's adventures are close of Brer Rabbit. For that matter, Odysseus himself might have borrowed a trick or two from the rabbit hero, for he is very old and was never at a loss for a trick to deceive his enemies."(chapter 5 page 24). This is Allusion that Adam's uses. In this paragraph he references to Odysseus, Robin Hood, John Henry, Uncle Remus, and Brer Rabbit. Next there is a creative language called Lapine used by the rabbits in this story.

El-ahrairah- The rabbit folk hero. The name means Prince with a Thousand Enemies.(Ex.chapter6.pg.26)"El-ahrairah was among the animals in those days that have many wives."
Silflay-To go above ground to feed. (Ex.pg.80)"One or two of us are going to silflay"
All around the world people have different languages they speak such as english, french, dutch, swahili, japanese, etc...... By having a special language for these rabbits to speak makes the story more believable for the reader. Next if the rabbits spoke english it would be hard for the reader to feel that the characters are real. Also if the rabbits called the place where they live a home or house the reader would als not believe the rabbits are real. Richard Adams does a good job of connecting his rabbit characters with what they actually do in real life. First his rabbits live in a "warren". It is actually true that they do and rabbits do stay in them while it is cold out and the food is not growing(i think this means during their hibernation period "winter"). Finally the rabbits are easily scared and do run when they hear a sudden loud noise. In the book Hazel and company hear a gun shot and then start running and do hide just like rabbits in real life.

In the verisimilitude BCR, you have a good definition of verisimilitude and a good explanation of why a writer would focus on creating verisimilitude in a story.  Think about this idea of allusions.  How does including allusions create verisimilitude for the reader?  What does Adams hope to achieve by comparing El-ahrairah to Robin Hood?  How will this make his novel more believable for human readers?  How will it help human readers to relate to his characters?  You have good explanations about the rabbits living in warrens and running in fear, but these could be supported with examples from the Rabbit packet and from Watership Down.


In this particular BCR I had passages from the book and very well developed answers. My main problem was that I did not explain why the rabbits would need their own special words (language). Also I did not add what Richard Adams was trying to achieve by adding these things in. Finally I did use my rabbit packet for examples but they were not backed up enough by my thoughts and more examples from the book.



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