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Hazel's death
« on: January 24, 2012, 02:43:24 AM »
How did Hazel die at the end?  The black rabbit asks him to go and then Hazel just dies?

Did he die of heart failure or fear after doing that sprint?

Rabbits don't just agree to die for no reason.  So why did he die?

And the black rabbit isn't real, it can't just request that someone die like some magical spirit.


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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012, 05:59:32 PM »
Hazel was quite an old rabbit at this point, so that's probably the main reason for his death. His body was rather not able to function much longer. When rabbit feels that he/she is about to die, then he/she leaves the warren, goes outside. Black Rabbit of Inle could be real or could be just a hallucination. Besides... You could argue, that the rabbit Hazel sees at the end of the book isn't Black Rabbit but El-ahrairah. This is the description of the rabbit Hazel meets before dying:

"Then he saw that in the darkness of the burrow the stranger's ears were shining with a faint silver light."

At the end of "The Story of El-ahrairah and the Black Rabbit of Inlé" El-ahrairah is given new ears with faint starlight glow,s o he could be the one who visits Hazel at the end. ;)

"My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today." - Hazel

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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2012, 11:55:22 PM »
k thanks

I'm going to go with he died of old age and hallucinated something that he was told stories about during his life.

Now that that's explained, it seems like one of the "nicer" deaths compared to the rest.

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012, 09:35:18 AM »
Oh yes. In the book we had less nice deaths: being killed by fox; being killed by dog; being strangled to death by snares; being run over by train; being killed in the destruction of Sandleford Warren. Rabbits are lucky if they live to Hazel's age, in the word where almost everything is trying to kill them.
"My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today." - Hazel

Pessimist sees a dark tunnel. Optimist sees a light in the tunnel. Realist sees the light of coming train. And the train driver sees three idiots standing on the track.

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012, 12:06:27 AM »
I just watched the movie but I might read the books and watch the series.

I don't really like reading/watching things that are sad for the sake of being sad, I think thats just dumb.

So I dunno

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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2012, 12:26:28 AM »
Well... The tv-series aren't sad, generally speaking, so you can safely watch them, I think. ;)

As for the first book, it has a few sad moments, but it's not a depressing book. Quite the opposite. After all, despite all hardships, our heroes get their happy ending.
"My heart has joined the thousand, for my friend stopped running today." - Hazel

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« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2015, 07:45:24 PM »
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMvGUCTpCIY


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For me the most emotional world end ... I always get to mourn in this scene, no matter how many times I see it, I always cry with all my soul overflowed.

I understand well that's a happy ending .... But the truth can not help but mourn the sadness and happiness while ...
Is happy and sad but I have experienced in my life, it's beautiful and mysterious at the same time ...
Seriously it moves me.

I think hazel lived 7 or 10 years. The last rabbit out of his generation to die.
I do not like to think about death, so prefer to focus on the happy times in the present, love and happiness, life !!!
Life is happiness.
So I do not want to think about death, because when I see that ending, I can not help but be super-sad ...
I love Watership Down!
 
Everything is fine =) (?)

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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2015, 10:30:10 AM »
Quote from: shwick on Jan 23 2012, 09:43:24 PM
How did Hazel die at the end?  The black rabbit asks him to go and then Hazel just dies?

Did he die of heart failure or fear after doing that sprint?

Rabbits don't just agree to die for no reason.  So why did he die?

And the black rabbit isn't real, it can't just request that someone die like some magical spirit.

He didn't 'agree' so much to die as he understood this was his time to pass and become immortal. My feeling is passed away due to old age; you can see how tired and fragile he was in the movie, with white 'whiskers' to show his age as well.

The Black Rabbit to me, anyways, did not 'request' that Hazel die. He was there to tell Hazel it was 'time' for him to move from this world into the next. It was a truly moving scene for me, as Hazel looks back on his descendants and the successful warren, and how it appears to be autumn. Then he gives  his last breath and goes into eternal life.

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Re: Hazel's death
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2019, 05:44:56 PM »
the tv series is incorrect! hazle didn't die and the black rabbit didn't kill woundwort and his army it was still equaly sad since woundwort saw his mistakes but then he wanted revenge for him almost diying..