Bravery In Rikki-Tavi, By Rudyard Kipling

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“Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” is a wonderful short story written by Rudyard Kipling about a young mongoose who is washed up in a bungalow in India.The mongoose explores the dangerous animals and amazing creatures of the new place. His name is Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. He is very brave, protective, and independent. Rikki-Tikki shows marvelous bravery as he follows Nagina into her hole right after she tries to kill Ted’s family at the dinner table. “very few mongoose care to follow a cobra into its hole. It was dark in the hole, and Rikki-tikki never knew when it might open out and give Nagaina room to turn and strike at him,” but Rikki would hold on to her tail for as long as it took. (24). He showed even more bravery when he fights Nag. “‘It must be the head,” he said at last “the head above the hood; and when I am once there, I must not let go” (22). Rikki doesn’t know when the cobra might strike, but he kept holding on until it was over.…show more content…
Right before Nagina has a chance to strike at Ted’s incredibly frightened family at the dinner table, Rikki-Tikki interrupts. “... Rikki-Tikki came up and cried “turn around Nagina; turn around and fight!”(25). He knew what the family had done for so in return he protects this family by fighting the cobra. Rikki-Tikki holds on tighter to Nag even though he might get banged to death because he knows that if Nag gets away he will kill Ted’s family and after they saved his life the least he can do is save theirs back. “..he would be banged to death, and for the honor of his family, he preferred to be found with his teeth

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