Essay about Kenneth Grahame 's The Wind

1255 Words Feb 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows was first told as a series of bedtime stories to his son, Alastair. Since The Wind in the Willows was first told to entertain a child, Kenneth Grahame’s book is written similar to a bedtime story, allowing Grahame to really have fun with this book. Kenneth Grahame has avoided typical conventions. Rather than creating a story with a moral lesson for young children, Grahame has indulged himself through his characters by avoiding realism and focusing on family while also dealing with his own fears regarding the status of the class structure.
Elements of storytelling are evident in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Because his story was originally used to entertain a child at bedtime, Grahame’s chapters lack detailed physical descriptions of his characters. Grahame opts to use the names of his characters instead because all a child needs to know is that Toad is a toad. The lack of detailed physical descriptions allows Grahame to ignore realism and allows his characters to physically shift as needed. Grahame’s characters are large enough to ride in a caravan pulled by a horse, but still smaller than human beings. They are human enough to pass for a washerwoman and to be put into jail, still animals. Grahame does not attempt to be realistic, which lets his animals be the same approximate size. Badgers are typically much larger than moles, but yet Mole is quite comfortable in Badger’s underground home. Toads are typically quite…

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