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Honors English 10
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Watership Down-College Level Reading Material?
Why does the book Watership Down by Richard Adams, appear on a college level reading list? The book has expansive imagery and thorough details ranging from the light-hearted to the absolutely brutal. Watership Down allows imaginations to take many twists and turns, sometimes for the better and sometimes for worse. The characters in this book face challenges of extreme circumstance and their loyalty is tested when their situation is tainted by the knowledge that they could be shown an early grave.
Imagery plays a key role in this book and builds a foundation in which the reader can better understand and imagine what is happening. Adams really takes his time to explain the situation, location and surroundings that the characters are set in. This is one of the reasons why Watership Down is more advanced than the usual fiction books found on shelves in libraries today. For example, “The May sunset was red in the clouds, and there was still half an hour to twilight. The dry slope was dotted with rabbits-some nibbling at the thin grass near their holes, others pushing further down to look for dandelions or perhaps a cowslip that the rest had missed.” (Adams 18). This quote is only one of many examples of imagery that occur in Watership Down, it is found early on in the book so that the image is set of what the rabbits are doing, how they live, and the surroundings that they live with. These are all important aspects of imagery because the reader can then better understand the location in which the story is set.
As previously stated, imagery is widely is used, but Watership Down is also relevant to today’s world. The world is full of a variety of obstacles and challenges that are unknown to the person beforehand. People survive challenges every day, some of those challenges, when faced, can put you in danger or...
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