Topic: What is REAL? The Velveteen Rabbit

Read: The Velveteen Rabbit

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from The Velvetten Rabbit by Margery Williams wrote:

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

Is what the Skin Horse says really true? Do we become real only when other people love us? If we aren't real or valuable before other people value us, how could they even find us - much less find us valuable? Does who we are come from outside of us? Does the author really mean "real," or is it possible she might have meant something else and used the wrong word?

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This is a really interest story, on what people and animals think of REAL.

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I think that the message that this story is trying to tell us is that love can make anything real to you even if it isn't real to any one else it is to you because, you love it enough. If it is real to you it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. For everything is real but some see the life in all while others don't see any life in all things but only in somethings that they want to see life in and only in the things they choose to see as real.

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Explain how the author delivers her message through metaphor.

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What questions does his story raise about your relationship with God?

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Is the rabbit->boy relationship a metaphor for a child->parent relationship?

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Several moments of transformation in this short story are marked by crisis and suffering. What role does crisis and suffering play in your own struggle to transform.

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The story was first published in 1922, does it have messages relevant to contemporary issues in the news: technology, economics, climate, conflict, health care, sports, bullying, drugs, etc.

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We "know" that rabbits are real. Is "nursery magic" real?

A toy rabbit was transformed by a "nursery magic" into a REAL rabbit.

Is such a transformation utterly impossible or do are these transformations occurring all around us 24/7?

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Explain how the rabbit's journey is an Exodus.

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Does the story end on a pessimistic or optimistic note?

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Compare the journey of The Velveteen Rabbit to any other character you have read about that has undergone a transformation.

Compare the Rabbit's journey to another character's journey to discover their REAL self.

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In what ways are we like the Velveteen Rabbit? In what ways are we different?

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How do we learn what we do not know?

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If we can ask anything of God, ought he know all the answers?

Why is it, that when we discover something new, some new idea, that it feels as though we have known this thing or idea all along?

The author, Elie Wiesel, says "Man comes closer to God through the questions he asks Him, ... therein lies true dialogue. Man asks, and God replies. But we don't understand His replies. We cannot understand them. Because they dwell in the depths of our souls and remain there until we die. The real answers, you will find only within yourself."

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I think that in this story the fairy is god because the fairy made the bunny truly real through her. God makes us truly alive through him. to be real is to meet god(fairy) and go to heaven(rabbit-land). here on earth we are not truly alive but we are loved. we are like little stuffed bunnies and all we want is to earn our hind legs and hop off all our cares. the bag of toys that was to be burned represents all the times when we have our doubts and worries about god.

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dsader wrote:

What questions does his story raise about your relationship with God?

in the story the narrorator knows things that the characters do not. the narrorator knows the whole story where the characters only know their small part of the story.

is god our narrorator? i think its possible. he knows our whole story, the parts we miss, and how it will end. we only know what we hear, see, and remember.

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dsader wrote:

Does the story end on a pessimistic or optimistic note?

it all depends on how you see things.

if your an optisist its optimistic because the veteteen rabbit once again after he becomes Real and the boy see that he kinda looks like his old rabbit.

if your a pesimist its pessimistic because the boy never realizes that it really was his old velvetten rabbit that came to see him after he beacame Real.

i try to keep an open mind so i see it as both.