Romantic Ideas in the Allegory Watership Down
The novel Watership Down by Richard Adams, like Edmund Spencerís The Faerie Queene, is an allegory. Watership Down also embodies many romantic ideas. Fiver, a rabbit who sees visions from Frith, represents the turn toward imagination that occurred in the Romantic period. The rabbits in the novel also value freedom and rebellion against tyranny, two important Romantic ideas. Many of the rabbits that left the Sandleford warren
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Fiver and Hyzenthlay represent the individualism and imagination that were valued by Romantics. Watership Down also functions as an allegory representing different qualities in humans and different forms of government. The importance of Romantic ideas and their relevance in the modern world is shown in Richard Adamsí 1972 novel, Watership Down.
Adams, Richard. Watership Down. New York: Avon Books, 1972.
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