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Describe anthropomorphism in the story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?

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khushboo7 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 21, 2009 at 6:02 PM via web

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Describe anthropomorphism in the story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi?

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sidmufc | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted September 2, 2011 at 11:09 AM (Answer #1)

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Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to non-humans, such as animals, plants, and objects. The animal characters in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" all are characterized by distinct, human-like personalities. Anthropomorphism is commonly found in children's literature and serves to create a fantasy world that is compatible with the active imaginations of children. Anthropomorphism is the key characteristic of fables, simple moral tales, like Aesop's fables, which use animals that can talk to teach lessons about human behavior and morality.

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scottgill | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 21, 2009 at 8:00 PM (Answer #2)

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Anthropomorphism is when human characteristics are given to inhuman characters. In Rikki, animals talk and interact as humans do.

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