Interpretation of The Rabbits Who Caused All the Trouble

             The fable “The rabbits who caused all the trouble” written by James Thurber is about a pack of wolves who complain about the way rabbits are living near them. To be able to eat the rabbits without being threatened by the other animals living in the forest, they have a plan to ruin the rabbits’ way of living systematically. First they give absurd reasons to blame natural disasters like floods or earthquakes, in which some of the wolves were killed, on the rabbits. When for example some wolves are struck by lightning, the other wolves tell the animals in the forest it was the rabbits’ fault, “for it is well know that lettuce eaters cause lightning” (ll. 5-7). Not only this example shows that the wolves are dishonest, because they lie to the other animals to fool them. They pretend that the rabbits are imprisoned to protect them (cf. ll. 15). By the help of this clever strategy they make the other animals think that all wolves are caring so much for them and no animal would dare to say that any wolf would put rabbits away without thinking about their protection. This way the other animals do not realise that the wolves in fact are cruel and aggressive, which of course is a quite naive way of thinking. Despite their promise to support the rabbits, in the end all rabbits are eaten by the wolves. Consequently the animals can be described as unreliable cowards and they are, just like the rabbits afraid of the wolves. In the end the other animals end up as mere passive and helpless onlookers, who were beaten at heir own game, as the wolves justify the rabbits’ death with the animals’ words “This is no world for escapists”. Having stopped the rabbits from escaping to an island, the other animals appear careless and are guilty of their death as well.
             In the fable the rabbits can be characterised as weak, shy and helpless (cf. l. 8), they have to trust in other animals, which in the end proves their undoing. Thurber chose r...

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