Fictional Rabbits

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Fictional Rabbits

Rabbits in literature

Hares vs Rabbits

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To begin with,Russian literature abounds in hares as main characters, while in English books we can see mostly rabbits.As Rabbit is a domestic animal, he is depicted as a host of his house ready to defend his property and his family from enemies.In our culture we got used to associate Hare with fear, although he must be rather inventive to escape danger. Sometimes he even does heroic deeds overcoming his fears for his life's sake. Rabbits are timid and they are constantly on guard. Rabbit wants us to learn how to face our fear and know when to defend our space or walk away. Rabbit shows us that defending ourselves doesn't always involve fighting back. He teaches us to listen carefully to what is going on in our environment so we can accurately use our intuition when in danger.

be like a rabbit caught in the headlights -to be so frightened or surprised that you cannot move or thinkpull a rabbit out of the hat -to surprise everyone by suddenly doing something that shows a lot of skill, often in order to solve a problemA Rabbit Trail -A way of saying that a person or a discussion has gone off at a tangent. A winding trail that leads nowhere.To Turn Rabbit -A way of saying that someone turned away in fright.Harmless as a Pet Rabbit -A way of describing someone gentle / harmless.

The most memorable fictional rabbits for Russian readers are Flopsy Bunniesand Peter Rabbit from Beatrix Potter's children stories. One can't help mentioning other popular characters - The March Hare in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" byLewis Carrol and The Rabbit who's a good friend of Winnie-the-Pooh in A. A. Milne's book. An unforgettable image of Br'er Rabbit (Brother Rabbit) is made by an American writer Joel Chandler Harris in his collection of animal stories "Uncle Remus".

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The March Hare is always in a hurry, he is fussy and a bit mad. "The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad – at least not so mad as it was in March"."Mad as a March hare" is a common British English phrase, both now and in Carroll's time.Uncle Remus' stories feature a trickster hero called Br'er Rabbit, who uses his wits to slide out of trouble and gain the advantage over the slower witted other animals, many of whom are trying to eat him.Uncle Remus's Rabbit is inventive and brave.With a fondness of radishes and the love of adventure, Peter is the inspirational special friend you wished to hang out with when you were young. Peter's a brave, mischievous, impulsive, resilient, charismatic, clever, and tenacious little rabbit. Often in and out of danger in his majestic world, Peter needs all of his special qualities to outsmart the villains.


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