It’s bunny time! Okay, not so true. It’s Easter, and it’s the time of year we get to coo over adorable animals, such as bunnies, baby lambs and chicks. What, exactly, would happen if you took those adorable bunnies, and placed them into popular stories? We got to thinking about this over a discussion on Facebook, and now we’ve taken it one step further!
Katniss is one of the most perfect examples. She is the girl on fire – everyone is looking at her; admiring her. She’s got everything a rabbit has – strength, beauty, speed, certain skills. However, while she is very much the girl on fire, Katniss is still human. Like a rabbit, Katniss must do one major thing – survive. As a rabbit must fight in order to protect oneself, their families and more, so must Katniss. Katniss is prey. She must not only protect herself, her family, Peeta and Gale, she must protect those who look to her as their main source of guidance. Like rabbits, Katniss is a symbol of comfort and vulnerability. Many look to her in times of need and grief. She would have survived, in the end, using her hunting and survival skills.
Harry is almost identical, in ways, to Katniss. Harry basically has the entire weight of the Wizarding World on his shoulders. Many regard him as The Boy Who Lived, or who managed to defy Voldemort’s original plan for Harry. During the final book, he, Ron, and Hermione, go on a hunt to find the remaining Horcruxes and destroy them. As with rabbits, which must hide from hunters or predatory animals in order to survive, they must hide from members of the Ministry of Magic, Death Eaters and Snatchers. Harry also relies heavily on the friendship of Hermione and Ron, and vice versa. Rabbits are also very similar, as they are quite often seen in pairs or groups. There’s a reason the trio are known as The Golden Trio. Much like Katniss, Harry uses skills that he possesses, along with help from Ron, Hermione and others. Unlike Katniss, though, Harry has the use of magic behind him.
This is a bit of a stretch, but not entirely impossible. A young Christine is regarded as being sensitive, compassionate, and gracious. She is also full of passion. The rabbit, one of the 12 animals featured in the Chinese Zodiac, represents these traits. Christine eventually loses her passion for singing, as she was doing as such to keep her beloved father happy. It is known that if rabbits are kept in cages, without stimulation or other forms of contact, they do become quite bored, or down; their passion goes. Her passion soon revives after she encounters The Phantom. Christine is kept in the Phantom’s “lair”, but is permitted to go free after a fortnight. She needs stimulation and more than just contact with the Phantom, despite him being her “Angel of Music”. Christine can be, like a pet rabbit, timid at times, not wanting to upset her father, Raoul or The Phantom. Many do not realize that rabbits can communicate vocally, using different vocalizations to send a variety of messages, including messages of when danger may be imminent. This is not dissimilar to singing, in which a message can be relayed using lyrics, tones and more. Christine’s voice is powerful enough to keep her going and to ensure The Phantom does her no harm.
Again, a bit of a stretch, but we can make this work. Bilbo, not unlike a rabbit, is territorial of his home and his possessions. When he returns home from his great adventure, he finds his possessions are being auctioned off and is quite distressed over this. Bilbo is thrown into a “loosely organized” group of dwarves, put together by Gandalf. The group basically live together over the course of their adventure to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and Cits treasures. Both dwarves and hobbit become territorial over treasure as well. Rabbits are known for living in loosely organized social groups, similar to the “living arrangements” of Bilbo and company. Both the characters of The Hobbit and rabbits must defend themselves from predators; they must constantly remain alert in order to survive.
We’re going there. We are really and truly going there. Sherlock must remain active, primarily mentally. His mind never seems to rest; perhaps it is incapable of doing as such. The man, like rabbits, must be kept active mentally in order to survive. Sherlock becomes bored easily if there is no case to solve, or no change in environment. Rabbits are often found in pairs, as they are creatures of social nature (obviously). Sherlock is one half of the most famous literary pairs in history. His partner "in crime", so to speak, being Doctor John Watson. Some also regard rabbits as pests. The same could be said about Sherlock, to a degree. He often drives Watson and Mrs. Hudson to despair.
Who knew that so many literary characters could be so similar to animals? Hoppy Easter from us here in the Book Team.