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KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS
Watership Down takes place in central England, primarily in the Hampshire district. The landscape is one of high downs, long narrow valleys and sweeping meadows dotted with farms. Although the characters are all entirely fiction, the locations are real even to the shed at Nuthanger Farm where the rabbits hid from the cat. The shed is no longer there as it burned several years ago.
Since the writing of this best selling novel, several organizations have created walking tours that correspond with Hazel’s journey. In traveling from Sandleford warren to Watership Down, the rabbits actually travel about 8 miles, but the zigzagging trail and the adventures along the way make it seem much further. Richard Adams, the author, still lives in the area.
LIST OF CHARACTERS - CHARACTER LIST
The main character. Leader of the group of rabbits who leave Sandleford warren looking for a safe home.
Brother to Hazel. A rabbit gifted with supernatural, but not always very specific insights
The captain of the Sandleford Owsla. Escapes when the warren is gassed and later becomes indispensable to the Honeycomb.
Owsla member. Personal guard to the Chief Rabbit. Believes Fiver and joins the quest
The leader of Efrafa. Bigwig’s enemy and equal
A folk hero and main character in all the story telling
A Sandleford rabbit
Buckthorn, Acorn, Hawkbit, Pipkin
Sandleford rabbits who follow Hazel
Sandleford rabbit who escapes the gassing with Holly
A member of the Owsla who joins Bigwig
The Sandleford story teller.
A member of Cowslip’s warren who joins Hazel
She is killed by a snare
A poet in Cowslip’s warren
The leading rabbit in the strange warren
A black headed gull that Hazel befriends
Groundsel, Aven, Campion
Owsla members in Efrafa
Hyzenthlay and other does
The does of Efrafa who escape with Bigwig
A buck abused by Woundwort’s council. Escapes with Bigwig and becomes a highly useful member of the Honeycomb warren