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Rikki-Tikki is a mongoose who dares to challenge cobras.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a book made by Rudyard Kipling. The main character is Rikki-Tikki who was a mongoose. He lives with other kinds of animals. In the story, he was fighting a dangerous and deadly cobra (Nag) and his wife (Nagaina), who are so much more powerful than him. This was because the cobras stole an egg from another animal, and he wanted to get revenge by ending both their lives.

The author believes that bravery always unlocks your full potential throughout tough situations. The author implies this when Rikki-Tikki was bounding all round Nagaina, keeping just out of reach of her stroke, his little eyes like hot coals. Nagaina gathered herself together and flung out at him (Kipling 7). This part of the story supports my theme statement because it was about to be the fighting scene, which means that it is when he becomes brave in the moment and fights the cobra by himself.

As the story continues, it gets more intense and the confidence in Rikki-Tikki continues to build up. “‘Nag is dead— is dead—is dead!’  sang Darzee. The valiant Rikki-tikki caught him by the head and held fast. The big man brought the bang stick and neg fell in two pieces! He will never eat my babies again.” (Kipling 5). This quote is related my theme statement because he successfully killed one of the cobras and saved the Tailorbird’s eggs, which means that the bravery payed off after all.

In the end of the story, after he killed both of the cobras, the quote :“Rikki-tikki shook some of the dust out of his fur and sneezed. ‘it’s all over’. He said.” (Kipling 8). Shows that he finally succeeded and that his confidence and bravery all didn’t go to waste, and it worked pleasingly.

In conclusion, the author believes that bravery always unlocks your full potential throughout tough situations, and this story shows it in the motif form many times.