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Watership Down
Author
Richard Adams
Publisher
Rex Collings
Publish Date
1972
ISBN
0380002930

Watership Down is a novel by Richard Adams and was published in 1972. It is often seen as a social commentary done using a group of rabbits as the main characters, and chronicling their search for a new place to live after they narrowly escape the poisoning and excavation of their warren by men.

In the course of their search for a new warren, they encounter a supposed utopia, where the rabbits are nurtured and fed into apathy by the local farmer. However the newcomers come to realize that this strange warren is a trap, as the farmer has set snares all around the area.

Later in the book the group finds a suitable place to settle down, but require does (female rabbits) to continue their society. They approach Efrafra, a nearby warren run under the iron fist of a Chief Rabbit, and after capture and a protracted battle, survive to start their own warren.

In Lost

Similarities and shared themes

  • The protagonists of the book are rabbits, which have become a recurring theme on the show.
  • Just as the Tempest was used to poison the entire island, at the beginning of the book the rabbits are poisoned and only a few remain to escape.
  • Establishment of a Utopian social community (the protagonist rabbits are reevaluating the rules by which they will choose to run their society).
  • Kidnapping/rescuing members of one community in order to fill ranks of a second community (the protagonist all-male rabbits must liberate some does from a neighboring, fascist warren).
  • Psychic abilities (one of the rabbit protagonists has a vision of the doom of their warren, which later comes true).
  • The theme of feeling uprooted from "home", and ongoing search for a new place (physical and metaphorical) to replant themselves in a distant land.
  • One of the chapters in the book is also named "Dea Ex Machina" (much like "Deus Ex Machina"), after the literary device used to unexpectedly untangle plot situations. In this case, Dea is the feminine counterpart of the masculine Deus.
  • "The remedy is worse than the disease", one of several possible translations of the Latin phrase "Aegrescit medendo", which is written on the blast door map, is a direct quote from Watership Down. It is spoken by the Chief Rabbit in the chapter "For El-Ahrairah to Cry", in Part Two. He means that it would be easier for the community to stay where they are and hope to survive the catastrophe that threatens them, rather than evacuate.
  • In the 1978 animated movie of Watership Down, the opening scene focuses on a close-up of the lead character's eye, just as in the TV series.
  • In the novel, a doe knows she is dying and leaves the group to do it away from them. This mirrors the "live together, die alone" concept.
  • In the story, the concept of death is symbolically represented by a black cloud in the form of a rabbit. The presence of the Monster on the Island could be seen as a tribute to this idea.
  • In one section of the book, a group of rabbits are escaping the Efrafan pursuers and are thrown into confusion by a "Monster of smoke and fire" this monster, which is a normal train, kills off the evil pursuers and saves the good rabbits. This is not only like Lost's Smoke Monster, but also is a symbol of the Judgment on the island.

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