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In the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, what is the law of the jungle?

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In Rudyard Kipling’s famous story The Jungle Book, he depicts a young boy, Mowgli, living all alone in the middle of a jungle, working alongside the animals. In the story, Mowgli lives in a pseudo-society within the jungle, and the society is governed by the “Law of the Jungle." This law essentially is that of the animals, the strong kill the weak, and you will get retribution for the bad things you do.

It is a simplistic and animalistic idea that essentially just means nature is wild and dangerous. Mowgli learns to live in this environment and is able to survive in spite of these troubles. He is intelligent and resourceful, which keeps him safe, but the chaotic law of nature makes it a very dangerous place indeed.

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Kipling's "law of the jungle" has an entirely different meaning than the colloquial phrase often interpreted as "anything goes."

It is the code of law governing the behavior of the...

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In The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, the laws of the jungle are described by a poem, "The Laws of the Jungle," which describes the jungle laws as applicable to the wolves and as taught to their offspring.

The poem describes the laws of jungle as both rights and responsibilities of the wolves. Some of the examples are:

1) Wolves will not fight with Tiger, elephant, panther and bear.

2) When a wolf fights with another wolf from the pack, it shall do so alone and on its own.

3) The den is the private refuge of a wolf and not even the pack leader or council can enter without permission.

4) Kill for food, not for pleasure, and never kill a man.

5) A wolf's kill is its own food and the pack may not touch it without permission.

6) The word of Head Wolf is law.