Symbolism of The Red Rabbit

Rabbits are vulnerable animals - susceptible to being attacked and preyed upon. They live in constant fear, always on guard, for they know death can come at any moment. They are similar to people living under a dictatorship who are forced to blend into their environment so as not to arouse unnecessary interest from the authorities. In his novel The Drummer's Fate, which I have read as a child, Arkady Gaidar compares man to frightened little animals:

"- So be damned! - I shouted angrily and hit the grey stone wall with my toe. - Damn you," I muttered, "such a life, when a man has to be afraid of everything, like a rabbit, like a hare, like a grey cowardly mouse! I don't want it like that!"

The image of the red hare appeared as a way of dealing with this anxiety. The use of bright, bold colours, and the depiction of the hare as a large, powerful creature with snake eyes and tiger claws, is a way to empower the prey animal and to communicate the idea that individuals have the ability to take control of their own lives and to overcome the forces that seek to oppress them.

The "Red Rabbit" can also be seen as a metaphor for personal transformation and growth. The image of the hare evokes feelings of courage, strength and confidence, and encourages the viewer to embrace their own inner strength and to take control of their own lives. In my works, the image of the red hare serves as a reminder that even in the face of fear and oppression, we have the power to rise above it, to claim our own agency and to live our lives with confidence and courage.