Watership Down and Other Utopias
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April 8, 2008
Richard Adams' Watership Down is more than a book about rabbits. On the rabbits' journey they run across several different societies. First they run into a warren, which is a rabbit colony, that seems perfect but hides a deadly secret. Then the rabbits come across a totalitarian warren called, 'Efrafa'. The Efrafa community show signs of other literary utopias, such as the totalitarian world of 1984, and Animal Farm. Where as the other warren shows characteristics from the books 1984 and The Time Machine. All of those books show signs of utopias, but all turn out to be dystopias. Thus Watership Down can be read in terms of the themes of the other books, and this essay plans on examining those themes and ideas to show that their similarities and expose the dystopic elements of Richard Adam's book.
The first warren the rabbits come across is Cowslip`s1 warren. At first this warren seems like a paradise in......
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