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Bigwig Character Analysis
« on: March 11, 2017, 05:41:51 PM »
We were doing a character analysis for my composition class last tri and of course I chose a Watership Down character. I got an A- on the paper too :)  :bigwig3

Bigwig the Rabbit With a Tuft

   “I told you once to start by impressing you, General. I hope I have”(Adams, 454). The British novel Watership Down, by Richard Adams, is a book loved by many. It is about a group of male rabbits from Sandleford warren, that leave their home due to the fear of future destruction. They soon find out that there are other struggles they have to face other than just finding a new home, such as they have to find female rabbits who would join them, so that they can reproduce and their warren will live on after the Sandleford rabbits are visited by the Black Rabbit of Inle. The places in the book are based on where the author Richard Adams grew up. The book started out as a story he told to his two daughters on long car rides. Among the rabbits  that Adams created, Bigwig is a strong rabbit who will take the challenge of standing up to any elil. With a tuft of fur on his head, he is also known as Thlayli which in the lapin language it means “fur-head”. He is courageous and would not let anything bad happen to this other companion rabbits. His character is based on General Paddy Kavanagh. Who was an Irish novelist who was good natured, daring, and was a dear friend to Adams. Bigwig is a rabbit who is bad tempered, loyal, and a fighter.
   Bigwig is bad tempered and bossy towards some of the other rabbits. When Fiver did not trust that Cowslip’s warren was safe, Bigwig grew angry and teased Fiver because he thinks Fiver is making a fuss over nothing.
You wretched little beetle. You’ve never learn to obey orders, have you? It’s me, me, me all the time. ‘Oh, I’ve got a funny feeling in my toe, so we must all go and stand on our heads! And now we’ve found a fine warren and got into it without even having to fight, you’ve got to do your best to upset everyone!(Adams, 122)
He shows his anger towards one another by yelling and showing that he is in charge. The rabbits, Hawkbit and Speedwell, demanded bigwig to tell them who the chief was; the reaction of Bigwig is to bite Hawkbit. Bigwig shows that he is bad tempered verbally and physically.
   Bigwig is loyal to his warren and his chief Hazel. When he is sent to Efrafa to gather females for their own warren by tricking General Woundwort by getting him trust him. “My chief told me to stay and defend this run and until he says otherwise. I shall stay here”(Adams, n.a.). Woundwort is not the true leader of Bigwig, so he disobeys him to please his true leader. Even though he is not made the chief of the Watership Down rabbits, his loyalty stays strong to his chief, Hazel-rah.
Bigwig is a fighter among the other rabbits, and is a proud rabbit in the owsla. He protects the other rabbits by fighting crows, rats, and even other rabbits. Bigwig jumps out from the ground and attacks General Woundwort with a surprise attack; they fight viciously in a narrow hall of the warren to the death. Bigwig will fight to the death to protect his warren. He does most of the fighting along side the other owsla rabbits, to chase off elil and protect his warren. Bigwig is the strongest among the Watership down Rabbits and is expected to do the fighting to keep others safe.
Bigwig is a rabbit who is bad tempered, loyal and a fighter. He is bad tempered when others disagree with him. He shows his loyalty by showing that he is trustworthy to his chief Hazel, and he will not abandon his. He also is a fighter due to his strength, he is able to fight other rabbits and animals to protect the other warren rabbits from danger. A rabbit with a tuft of fur on his head, Bigwig from Watership Down, is a rabbit who will keep his companions safe from danger.

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Bigwig Character Analysis
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 06:05:49 PM »
This is well-written, it provides an interesting and accurate analysis of Bigwig's character.  I like how you quote passages from the book to illustrate some of your points.

The only problem I find is that some parts of the essay, such as the mention of the Black Rabbit of Inlé, would be hard to understand for those who haven't read WD.  Apart from that, I think it's well-done.
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2017, 11:20:45 PM »
:hannah2 I agree with Chipster. There may be errors yet they're dwarf by the excellent analysis of the Tough-loving Rabbit Watership down has ever seen, Bigwig. :bigwig3
You wrote a good paper, my dear friend. Well done. :) *Hugs*
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 07:18:45 PM »
If this is a task for the school, I think the advice they gave you should give you a good grade. Bigwig will be proud of this analysis, although it would be good a Biography somewhat more detailed in my opinion, I think you can still get more information.   :bigwig3
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