Watership Down Analysis

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In Watership Down, a novel by Richard Adams, there is always one constant among the rabbits on their journey. The feelings of Hope and Desire. However, there is only one way that the rabbits will ever reach their goals, and that is by working together and using their strengths collectively. As Andrew Carnegie said, "Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." The ability of the rabbits to come together as a group at times of dire need, and combine both their brain power and muscle power is what allows the rabbits to keep moving and succeeding on their journey. This is evident…show more content…
Blackberry, who is known for his wits finds a plank of wood which could be used to push across Fiver and Pipkin. Then Blackberry says, “Who’s strong? Bigwig! Silver! Push it out!” (Adams 37). Although Hazel does not know exactly what is happening, he still uses his authoritative characteristics to help get the rabbits to start moving. All the rabbits use the specialty to help the group as a whole and are not focused on themselves in this scenario. Fiver realizes that Blackberry had helped him and Pipkin out when he says, “You saved me Pipkin and me, didn’t you? I don’t think Pipkin’s got any idea what really happened; but I have” (Adams 39). All Blackberry says back to him was that they should remember it for next time in case they need it, which shows he 's in it for the team and not just for himself. Had the rabbits not worked together, this plan would have fallen apart, but luckily for the rabbits teamwork…show more content…
In order to protect both Fiver and Pipkin the other rabbits put themselves in danger of the crow. Hazel was already far up the hill, but once she saw Fiver and Pipkin in danger he was back to them in seconds. He distracted the crow, and Bigwig came charging after it. After the Crow attempted to hit Bigwig and missed, it was Silver’s turn to take one for the team. Silver came from behind Bigwig and stopped, facing directly at the crow. The crow stayed in place, and gazed down at Silver. Just as the crow was about to strike, Bigwig came storming from behind and rammed into the crow. The crow became flustered and flew away. Just yet another example of teamwork saving the day, and also prevailing over individual action. It is apparent Bigwig realizes in this scenario that teamwork is the best option, as before the crow flies off he cried, “Keep at it! Come in behind it! They’re cowards! They only attack helpless rabbits” (Adams 42). Without the fearlessness and quick thinking of Bigwig, Silver, and also Hazel, the situation could have ended much

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