Did you know that it was common for snakes to get in people’s houses in India? Even these bloodthirsty beasts has a deadly enemy: the famous snake-killer mongoose. In the story “Rikki Tikki Tavi”, the mongoose Rikki is found by an English family who just moved into a bungalow in Segowlee and becomes their pet. He meets lots of new animals in their garden, and tries to get revenge on the two evil snakes. After a long battle, Rikki succeeds in killing both of them, becoming a hero. The main theme is that bravery can build trust and faith between people.
In the story “Rikki Tikki Tavi”, by Rudyard Kipling, the author believes that bravery often creates strong bonds of faith and trust. When Rikki killed the deadly little snakeling Karait, his human family was shocked and grateful for his bravery: “Teddy’s mother picked him up from the dust and hugged him, crying that he had saved Teddy from death, and Teddy’s father said that he was providence”(Kipling, 5). This shows that from Rikki’s act of fearlessness towards an evil snake, he was rewarded with trust from his owners. They were thankful for his protection. Furthermore, throughout the story Rikki acted bravely every time there was something wrong. without thought in front of his enemies, and got rid of wrong from happening again. It was part of his instinct as a mongoose to kill snakes, but it’s more of helping his friends, and keeping all of them safe. Bravery can bring justice to the world, but also a reward of strong relationships. As the story continues, Rikki’s loyalty and power earns him a rightful place as a fearless warrior who guards the garden and its people from any snakes. Rikki uses his own bravery to make sure his friends and family are safe “with tooth and jump and spring and bite, till never a cobra dared show its head inside the walls” (Kipling, 9). The young mongoose showed the cobras with his selfless bravery that his garden wasn’t a place to go, in order to keep his animal friends and owners safe. Rikki showed that he would sacrifice his life for saving his friends, which helped strengthen relationships. At the end of the story, Rikki became Teddy’s faithful guardian who went everywhere with him, and the family believes in the mongoose to keep them safe. Through this we can see the power of bravery for helping others brought peace and appreciation from the people around him.
Overall, in this short story Rikki’s bravery brought many strong bonds between him and his friends and family.
I can relate to this story because I care a lot about animals and nature. Nature is all around us, and and sometimes we don’t realize its importance for the world to keep moving on, and that it has many of its own battle. I think through this short story the author is trying to tell us that bravery can stop injustice and evil in the world, and will create faith and trust from others. I think Kipling might also be criticizing the many wars waged by us humans. Through replacing us with animals, “Rikki Tikki Taki” tells us the savage, brutal, painfully true battles that have happened between animals, but also humans.
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