How does Rikki-tikki’s decision to destroy Nagaina’s eggs contribute to the story?  

Rikki-tikki's decision to destroy Nagaina's eggs contributes to the story by driving the action forward towards the main conflict and ensuring that there will be no more cobras in the garden, at least in the immediate future. The destruction of the eggs leads to the final conflict between Rikki-tikki and Nagaina.

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Rikki-tikki realizes that if Nag and Nagaina's eggs are allowed to hatch, then cobras will continue their reign of terror in this part of the world. As Rikki-tikki is determined to protect his human family at all costs, he simply cannot allow this to happen. To this end, killing Nag and Nagaina won't be enough; the next generation of cobras must be destroyed.

Rikki-tikki's decision to destroy the cobra's eggs raises the stakes, making the story a good deal more dramatic than it otherwise would've been. Now Nag and Nagaina are not just involved in an epic struggle for survival; they're also embroiled in a fight that will determine whether or not cobras will continue to live in the forest. Nothing less than the survival of the species—at least in this part of the world—is as stake.

The stage is then set for an epic showdown between Rikki-tikki, who's determined to ensure that no more cobras will live in the forest, and Nag and Nagaina, who are equally determined that the species will...

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