Taught by Professor Corey Olsen
A prophecy, foretelling the destruction of their village, causes a group of friends to a journey through the wild to seek a new home. They encounter many threats before finding a place of plenty and apparent safety on the uplands of Watership Down. But a chance encounter with a patrol from a nearby village reveals that our heroes live next to a frightening militarist dictatorship bent on their enslavement or destruction. They must risk everything they have, delve deep into their reserves of strength, courage, friendship and cleverness, to fight for their lives, freedom and prosperity. Our heroes are not humans but rabbits, and they have their own rich culture, mythology and language. Their mythology warns them:
“All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.”
Their story is one of Escape, Recovery, Consolation and Eucatastrophe, and, in the end, it is our story too.
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Watership Down, by Richard Adams is also available as an audio book and it was adapted as an animated film. For those of you wishing more insight into the geography of Watership Down, a page has been created illustrating the areas referenced in the book that shows more detail than the published map.
Week 1: Wednesday, November 5
Read: Book I, Chapters 1-11
Week 2: Wednesday, November 12
Read: Book I, Chapters 12-17
No Class: Week of December 24
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