Interpretation of The Rabbits Who Caused All the Trouble

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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 thin Continue...


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The moral "Run, don"tmt walk to the nearest desert island"tm tells the reader that you must escape when you feel you are in danger and that you should not stay or hesitate. Despite their promise to support the rabbits, in the end all rabbits are eaten by the wolves. James Thurber must have guessed what would happen to the Jews. Consequently the animals can be described as unreliable cowards and they are, just like the rabbits afraid of the wolves. With this easy example, Thurber shows that every society needs their scapegoats, one race who can be blamed for everything that goes wrong. You can see that the moral is a warning. k 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. James Thurber does not write much about inner feelings. 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. The title "The rabbits who caused all the trouble" is an extremely ironic title, as it is just a stupid rumour of the wolves which they spread around in the forest. In the fable the rabbits can be characterised as weak, shy and helpless (cf. Thurber used repetition to underline the most important sentences, which are for example the wolves"tm justification to "civilize"tm the rabbits (cf. In case of the 2nd World War, the Jews were scapegoats just as the rabbits are in the fable. To convey his message Thurber used the same stylistic devices as in his fable "The Owl Who Was God"tm.

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