How is "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" a fable?
Although some of the most well-known fables are those by Aesop, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is an example of a fable in that it features animal characters who speak and act like humans, a literary technique known as anthropomorphism. Each of the characters in Kipling's story have a separate, distinctive personality and behave accordingly. A fable also usually is meant to teach a moral lesson. The lesson to this fictional narrative, although not as overt as is found in some examples of fables, is one on courage, loyalty, productivity, and the value of friendship.
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