Character Analysis of “Rikki Tikki Tavi”
A famous English novelist named William MakepeaceThackeray once said "bravery never goes out of fashion," (BrainyQuote.com). Thackeray mainly shows that bravery is always right, and showing bravery is even more significant. Rudyard Kipling's short story "Rikki-tikki tavi" definitely illustrates the importance of bravery. In this story, Rikki, a young mongoose, fights two malevolent and threatening snakes in order to keep the garden secure. Rudyard Kipling sets this story as well as most of his best stories in India, his birthplace (Allen 77). This author has written so many exceptional stories that he received a Nobel Peace Prize for literature in 1907 (Allen 77). Rudyard Kipling develops the theme…show more content… This example shows that Rikki portrays loyalty by protecting the family and making sure that nothing would come into the bungalow and harm them. Rudyard Kipling further describes Rikki’s loyalty to his family by showing that Teddy’s father trusts Rikki to be loyal and respect him (Kipling 80). Teddy's father shows his trust when he says “Teddy is safer with that little beast than is he has a bloodhound to watch him. If a snake came into the nursery now-” (Kipling 80). Rikki is also loyal to his mongoose beliefs. Rikki refuses to eat because he remembers that a full meal makes a slow mongoose (Kipling 84). Rikki’s dedication to his family and traditions bring out his true loyalty.
Rikki is not only a loyal mongoose, he is very curious. Kipling shows Rikkis curiosity when describing him saying: "Rikki is curious and not easily frightened," (Kipling 80). This shows that Rikki is not scared because he is so curious that nothing frightens him. Rudyard Kipling also mentions Rikki's curiosity by another description saying that mongooses are naturally curious, and Rikki is a true mongoose (Kipling 80). This shows that Rikki does take after true mongooses nature of being curious. Rikki also says that he must attend to every noise he hears. Rikki's alert and thirst to find out information in the garden shows curiosity. Basically, if Rikki hears or sees something unusual he must investigate no matter how dangerous it could be.
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