Long Patrol Book Report
The book The Long Patrol was about an evil group of vermin (Rapscallions) who fought and terrorized the peaceful hares, squirrels and mice of Redwall and Salamandastron. There was a lot of fighting and death in the book, and there was also a lot of focus on keeping the country peaceful. It was a story of fighting and never giving up on what you believe in. Without courage and strength, the peaceful creatures would have easily lost the war and their way of life.
Courage is probably the word that best describes the book, The Long Patrol. There were many times throughout the book that courage was demonstrated. One time it was shown was when Rockjaw stayed back and sacrificed his life to fight the Rapscallions, while letting his comrades escape safely (262). Rockjaw had the courage to give up his life to save others, and this was a common theme throughout the story for the peaceful creatures. Courage was a big part of this story because many bad things were happening to the innocent creatures, and they needed courage to stand up to the evil vermin. On the other hand, the Rapscallions weren’t very courageous, because they only fought so they wouldn’t be killed by their own leaders.
Another word that accurately describes the book was strength. There were many strong animals that stood up for their beliefs, and even lost their lives for them. Without strong beliefs of freedom and happiness, they wouldn’t have fought to keep what they believed in. The peaceful animals of Redwall and Salamandastron also had very strong morals, which helped them fight with pride and a purpose. One time strength was shown was when the vermin were questioning Fourdon, so they could get information about the Abbey and its inhabitants, and he didn’t tell them anything because he kept strong (185). Another time strength was shown was when Skipper dived into a well to save a child from an eel twice his size, and he killed it (175).