Throughout the novel Watership Down by Richard Adam, the power of the human spirit is constantly demonstrated by the actions of the main characters. One such time is when the main characters leave their home warren despite the Threarah, who they are accustomed to listening to and obeying, telling them not to do so. Another time the power of the human spirit is portrayed is when the rabbits cross the merciless heather without turning back. One final example is when the rabbits get Bigwig out of the snare. In Watership Down, a chief theme is that the resiliency of the human spirit prevails over all other physical and emotional barriers.
The first situation in Watership Down, during which the power of the resiliency of the human spirit is demonstrated is when the rabbits initially leave their home warren. Upon being warned of impending danger by Fiver and Hazel, Threarah, the Chief Rabbit, says, “No elil for miles… And you want me to tell the warren that… we must all go traipsing across the country to goodness knows where and risk the consequences, eh?” (Adams 12). Upon hearing the Threarah reject Fiver and Hazel’s plea to leave the warren, the two protagonists still decide to leave the warren. They decide to leave the warren because they truly believe that staying in the warren will result in their demises. Fiver and Hazel’s decision to disobey the Threarah is significant because all of the rabbits in the warren have learned to always obey the Threarah. Their decision to