Bigwig In Watership Down

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Watership Down, by Richard Adams, is a book about a group of rabbits that venture away from their warren and it describes all the dangers that they face. The main characters, Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, and Blackberry can easily get all of the rabbits following behind them through any sticky situation. Although, as you go on through the story, they add more characters that play a huge role. For example, General Woundwort, the leader of the Efrafan rabbits. He is a strong fighter and has many similarities to Bigwig. Bigwig is a member of the owsla who decided to leave the Sandleford warren and venture off with Hazel and the rest of the rabbits. Being in the owsla means that he is a strong and large rabbit, and he also is able to fight well. Although he is in the owsla and has to take orders straight from the chief rabbit, he isn’t all that good at it. "I dare say a good many rabbits would have kept quiet and thought about keeping on the right side of the Chief, but I'm afraid I'm not much good at that" (Adams, 12). So right from the start Hazel begins to worry about Bigwig. He wonders what will happen if he goes rouge, they would not be able to handle him due to his large size and strength. However, Hazel is not correct and various times Bigwig proves his loyalty to Hazel throughout the book. Although this…show more content…
"He was a fighting animal—fierce as a rat or a dog. He fought because he actually felt safer fighting than running. He was brave, all right. But it wasn't natural; and that's why it was bound to finish him in the end. He was trying to do something that Frith never meant any rabbit to do. I believe he'd have hunted like the elil if he could. (Adams, 470)” After their fight with General Woundwort and some of his Efrafan officers, Bigwig and Holly come to conclusion that he wasn’t like a rabbit at all. Other than his ruthless attitude, he was a leader that many of the Efrafan Rabbits looked up
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