The rabbits who caused all the trouble

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The text "The rabbits who caused all the trouble" is a fable.

The animals involved are mainly rabbits and wolves, but also other animals living in the forest. There was a lot of trouble. The wolves searched for a scapegoat and blamed the rabbits for being the cause of all the disasters. One day there was an earthquake and the wolves blamed the rabbits because rabbits pound on the ground with their hind legs and so cause earthquakes. Another time, there were lightnings. In the opinion of the wolves rabbits cause lightnings. The wolves wanted to get rid of the rabbits but the other animals persuaded them to stay there. Some other time there was a flood and that's why many wolves died. The wolves said that's only because of the long ears of the rabbits. The wolves were angry and caught the rabbits. They imprisoned them in a dark cave. The other animals of the forest missed the rabbits. They went to the wolves and asked what had happened to the rabbits. The wolves were honest and answered that they had been eaten. The animals weren't able to understand why and wanted to have an explanation. The wolves replied that the rabbits wanted to escape and this is no world for escapists.

We learn: Run, don't walk to the nearest desert island.

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Make a list of the things which the wolves blame on the rabbits and of the reasons the wolves give. What do you think of these reasons? Why do the wolves blame everything on the rabbits?

The wolves blame on the rabbits, that they cause earthquakes, because they pound on the ground with their hind legs.

The rabbits are the cause of lightnings according to the wolves. The reason given by the wolves is that they eat lettuce.

The rabbits nibble carrots and have long ears. That's why there are floods.

The wolves only search a scapegoat. They really don't think that the rabbits are the cause for all the trouble but they need somebody whom they can blame.

The arguments which they give us aren't sound.

Have a look at the way the other animals behave. How do you explain their behaviour?

I think the other animals are frightened of the wolves. They say that they will help "in all probability" or "possibly", but they don't say: "We will help you". They don't want to loose the rabbits, because the rabbits are the victim and not the other animals. Without the rabbits the wolves would possibly victimize the other animals.

What do you think the wolves will do now? Will they be satisfied after they have eaten the rabbits?

Wolves are very aggressive animals. They will continue to hunt and eat the other animals. They won't be satisfied after having eaten the rabbits.

How do you think the wolves could have been stopped?

If the other animals all together had taken a stronger position they could possibly have stopped.

Sprachliche Analyse

- short sentences (--> easy to understand)

- repetition of words and sentence structure ("it is well known, that...")

- ironic / sarcasm (--> funny, better understanding)

- metaphor

- neologism

- paraphrase

- direct speech

- euphemism