In the novella "The Birds" by Daphne Du Maurier, the author explores the subject of hubris. The greediness of mankind, thinking that we're superior and that nothing can harm us. She suggests that human beings suffer from hubris, which makes them unprepared for possible threats from the world.
In the exposition, Du Maurier shows how Nat, the protagonist, is clam and confident and not concerned about the strange behaviour by the birds.
In the inciting incident, Du Maurier shows how Nat is unprepared for an attach by the birds, and becomes panicked.
Because Nat, the protagonist, is arrogant and tries to use different excusees like " a message comes to the birds in autumn", like a warning. This shows he is pretentious.
The protagonist (Nat) becomes frightened and afraid as soon as the birds begin attacking him and his family. After the endless attacks by the birds he begins to feel a little impressed by the birds and there sense of organisation.
Nat the protagonist becomes afraid and organised this is shown when " The blanket became a weapon of defence" this shows that Nat was not ready for the possibilities that he was unprepared.