Redwall Symbolism

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"Mice are my heroes because, like children, mice are little and have to learn to be courageous and use their wits." --Brian Jacques.

Redwall, a stunning and rich book written by Brian Jacques, is pure bliss when reading. Although Redwall is a fantasy book, it portrays a rather medieval age feeling; and Brian Jacques is able to instantly set this with his archaic vocabulary. The main characters of this book include: Abbot Mortimer, Asmodeus Poisonteeth, Basil Stag Hare, Cluny the Scourge and his horde, Methuselah, and Matthias(all of the characters in Redwall are anthropomorphic animals-- they act and communicate like humans). Redwall is a book about Matthias saving the Abbey that is under attack by Cluny, a deadly rat, and his horde by
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Mice, the friendly characters of this book, are widely known for their small size and survival skills. These two traits are all in correlation to the story. In the beginning of this book, mice had no hope in defeating Cluny the Scourge and his horde because of their small size compared to rats. However, the mice’s survival instincts kicks in, and they defeat Cluny. On the other hand, rats have a horrible reputation. They are considered as dirty pests; hence, it makes sense to put rats as the antagonists. The mice are like children, and the rats are like adults. What do you think the odds of small, innocent children beating up a horde of adults are? Probably closer to zero than even one percent. But because the extremely minute possibility came true, the defeat of Cluny feels very grand. In all, Brian Jacques uses anthropomorphic animal characters because they all have different symbols that can represent different meanings.
Q: Do supernatural elements play any role in this book?
A: Yes, of course. In fact, supernatural elements play a major role in this book. Throughout the whole story, the ghost of Martin the Warrior helps Matthias on his journey. Martin the Warrior rarely shows himself as a real ghost but often appear in hallucinations, dreams, or visions, giving vital information. The information is always accurate and ususaly appears as a riddle. Martin the Warrior does not only come out in Matthias’s dream; he also comes out in Cluny

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