May I have a summary of the poem, "The Hyenas"?

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troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The poem "The Hyenas" uses the scavenger as a metaphor to humans in both our actions and our morals.  The link does a good job of summing it up.  Basically it's about hyenas who dig up a dead soldier.  It focuses on their lack of shame for defiling a dead soldier of the king because they are considered wild animals.  It's in their nature to act in such a manner.  Kipling ties that into the morality of human beings as well.

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