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What problem did Mowgli have and how did he solve it?  

The Jungle Book consists of a series of linked stories about the life of Mowgli, a young Indian boy who over the course of the stories gradually comes of age. The major issues he faces are ones of...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2017 4:11 am UTC

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What is the theme of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (Mowgli's story)

One theme is the importance of the preservation of the species. In The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, the wolves do not harm the child because they know that harming a human can bring other humans...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2014 3:46 am UTC

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What are the rules of the jungle?  

It may seem strange to have rules in the jungle. After all, the expression "the law of the jungle" has come to be synonymous with people being able to do what they want, whenever they want. But, as...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 11:44 am UTC

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What's the main idea of The Jungle Book?

Most people find it somewhat surprising that The Jungle Book is seven short stories. Most of them are unrelated to each other, and some of them are not even in the jungle. Most people assume that...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 11:23 pm UTC

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What did Mowgli do when he was learning the Laws of the Jungle?

I believe you're asking about what is involved in Mowgli's education in the jungle. Baloo the Bear, or "Teacher of the Law," requires Mowgli to learn all of the Laws of the Jungle. Mowgli, being a...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2018 9:38 pm UTC

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How did Akela become familiar with the ways of men in The Jungle Book?

Akela doesn’t become familiar with the ways of men. Akela is the wolf that take Mowgli in and raises him as a part of the wolf pack. However, Akela knows the ways of the pack and teaches Mowgli the...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019 6:00 am UTC

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In The Jungle Book, why is the jackal considered one of the lowest animals in the jungle? 

The jackal, Tabaqui, is a character who causes a great deal of mischief in The Jungle Book. The wolves, Baloo, and Bagheera hate Tabaqui, and their reasons are given when he first appears in the...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 9:51 pm UTC

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Why had Shere Khan decided to change his hunting grounds in The Jungle Book?

Shere Khan, the tiger, has decided to change his hunting grounds because he has made the people of the village by the Waingunga River, twenty miles away, very angry by killing their cattle. Because...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 1:15 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019 11:32 am UTC

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What is the message in the poem "The Law of the Jungle" in The Jungle Book?

We can learn a lot from wolves. Pohnpei did a good job explaining the benefits of wolf responsibility and how humans can learn a lot from their wolf society in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book as...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2015 1:44 am UTC

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What are some types of figurative language in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling?

One type of figurative language that Rudyard Kipling uses throughout The Jungle Book is anthropomorphization. This means endowing animals with human characteristics. At one point or another...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2020 6:08 am UTC

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Who is Tabaqui, and what role does he play in the story in The Jungle Book?

Tabaqui is the golden jackal from the jungle who is Shere Khan's only companion. His role is to serve as Shere Khan's spy as well as his go-between with other jungle creatures. His other role, in...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 3:19 am UTC

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How did Father and Mother Wolf respond to Shere Khan when he came looking for the baby in The Jungle Book?

When news reaches Shere Khan that there's a man cub in the wolf pack's cave, he immediately determines to have it for himself. So the fearsome tiger shows up at the wolves' lair demanding that they...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2019 10:14 am UTC

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Why was Baloo allowed to speak at the pack council?

It is interesting that Baloo is the only outsider who is regularly allowed to speak at the Pack Council. He is permitted more freedom and leeway than the other animals of the jungle because he...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 3:05 pm UTC

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What is the plot of "The Jungle Book"?

The Jungle Book is a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling. Three of them have to do with a boy who is protected from a tiger by a mother wolf. She names him Mowgli, and it is his stories...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2018 5:33 pm UTC

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What are examples of "The Law of the Jungle" in The Jungle Book?

In The Jungle Book, the "Law of the Jungle" is a set of rules by which the civilized animals conduct their lives and business. Since the animals are more intelligent than in real life, they are...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2013 5:32 pm UTC

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What are some examples of figurative language in The Jungle Book?

Figurative language is any phrase or sentence that is not meant to be taken literally. Similes and metaphors are subcategories of figurative language. Like most works of fiction, The Jungle Book is...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017 6:09 pm UTC

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Is The Jungle Book fiction or non-fiction?  

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling is a collection of stories that are all entirely fictional. We can be absolutely certain of this given that most of the stories concern anthropomorphic animals...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 6:36 pm UTC

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What is the historical context of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling?

Rudyard Kipling was born in India and spent six years of his adulthood there in addition to having spent the first six years of life in the Indian subcontinent. His travels throughout that vast...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2015 5:47 pm UTC

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Why was it important for Mowgli to know the meaning of things in the jungle?

Father Wolf takes it upon himself to teach Mowgli "the meaning of things in the jungle." Kipling does not state explicitly why he does this, but it is clear that, to Mowgli, the goings-on in the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2018 9:18 am UTC

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Why is poetry used in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling?

Poetry—or more properly, song—is used in The Jungle Book primarily to let the jungle animals speak for themselves. The prose stories are all narrated from a third-person point of view, but the...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 3:59 am UTC

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Why do you think the monkeys fight in such large numbers?  

The monkeys fight in large numbers because it is an effective tactic when fighting a larger, more powerful, and dangerous adversary. The monkeys "gang up" on an opponent because that opponent...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019 3:30 pm UTC

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How does one create a timeline of events in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book?

Creating a timeline to map events of a plot in a story, such as in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, is no different from creating any historical timeline. We simply draw either a vertical or...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2015 8:22 am UTC

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In The Jungle Book, what are King Louie's characteristics, job, and actions?

In the Disney film adaptation of The Jungle Book, King Louie is the leader of the orangutans who tries to convince Mowgli to teach him how to make fire. Louie is lighthearted, fun-loving and happy,...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 12:34 am UTC

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How did Mowgli adapt himself to life in the village? Give at least two changes he made and five things he learnt.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling tells the coming-of-age story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in a forest in India. In the chapter “Tiger, Tiger!” Mowgli encounters the world of men, balancing...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019 7:03 pm UTC

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Where are Nag and Nagaina killed?        

Nag and Nagaina are two cobras featured in Rudyard Kipling's short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," which was part of the author's work called The Jungle Book. In this story, the title character is a...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2018 3:58 am UTC

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How does The Jungle Book explore the concept of belonging?

The novel The Jungle Book and all of its subsequent sequels explores the life of Mowgli, a human boy who has been left in the woods to fend for himself from infancy. He is taken in by various...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2019 9:04 pm UTC

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What are some of the identity issues of Mowgli in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling?

The biggest problem for Mowgli is that he doesn't quite know who or what he is. Since he was first taken in by the wolf pack, he's become noticeably less human and more animal. At the same time,...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019 4:57 am UTC

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What was mother wolf's reaction after seeing the man's cub in The Jungle Book?

The wolves in The Jungle Book are highly anthropomorphized. Before they see the man cub, they are discussing the folly of hunting man, which is forbidden by the Law of the Jungle except when...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 4:53 am UTC

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What was the purpose of Tabaqui's visit to the wolves's cave in The Jungle Book?

Tabaqui the jackal enters the wolves' cave in order to find food. Tabaqui is a notorious scavenger, forever eating rags and bits of leather from the village garbage heaps. This is one of the things...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 11:25 am UTC

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How did Mowgli get the red flower?

The red flower is fire, the ultimate weapon of men and the thing the jungle animals fear so much they will not even name it. Bagheera tells Mowgli that he must get some and take it to the Council...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 11:09 am UTC

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Whats a good topic for an essay on "The Jungle Book"? ASAP

Before deciding on a "good" topic, consider who your reader is going to be. Is the topic that you are considering something that this person has read many times before? If so, I would recommend...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018 4:15 pm UTC

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Briefly describe the incident that takes place during the second council meeting.

The second council meeting about the fate of Mowgli, the man cub, is a tense event. Shere Kahn arrives to insist that the man cub should be given to him. Mowgli was first taken in by the wolves to...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 12:59 am UTC

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What is the conflict between The Jungle Book and Darwinism?

Rudyard Kipling's novel The Jungle Book presents an argument against most of Charles Darwin's theories (and the book itself was published less than forty years after Darwin's The Origin of the...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019 10:23 pm UTC

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How does the Rudyard Kipling's life inform events, characters and the message in the Jungle Book?

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India, and spent the first six years of his life there. He found India wonderful and formed a deep love for the country, its traditions and culture. Kipling had...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2015 3:41 pm UTC

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How does The Jungle Book portray castes in India?

That’s an intriguing question. Kipling spent some time in India and presumably based the book on his experiences there (although the book was composed while he was living in Vermont!). Kipling...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016 9:26 pm UTC

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What is the time of the day Father Wolf wakes up in The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling?

Father Wolf wakes up at seven o'clock of a very warm evening. In the searing heat of the jungle, this is the only time of day when it's possible to hunt. Any earlier and it'll be too hot; any...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2019 5:14 am UTC

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Study Guide Project: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (Summary, Chapter Summaries, Themes, Characters, Analysis).

Study Guide Project The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Summary “Mowgli’s Brothers” Shere Khan, the tiger, is pursuing a child barely old enough to walk when the boy is found by a Father and Mother...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2020 4:46 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the manner in which Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being...

While nearly a century separates these two great works of English literature, both use humor extensively, and both offer up a gentle satire of English culture and manners. One of the main devices...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2020 9:47 pm UTC

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What is the historical context of The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling? (i.e. How did the history influence the book's...

Now this is the Law of the Jungle -- as old and as true as the sky;And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2015 10:38 am UTC

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Which morals are regarded as good and bad in "Mowgli’s Brothers," "Kaas Hunting" and "Tiger! Tiger!"?

In the first three stories of The Jungle Book, which form a self-contained narrative about the childhood and boyhood of Mowgli, the Law of the Jungle is introduced early when Father Wolf remarks...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020 1:31 am UTC

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Why did Kaa and Bagheera leave Baloo behind when rescuing Mowgli?

Mowgli has been abducted by the Bandar-log, or Monkey People. This was perhaps an inevitable consequence of his visiting these widely loathed creatures, shunned and avoided by all the other animals...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 11:57 am UTC

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In Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, what was the role of the wolves?

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is not one book, per se; rather, it is a collection of stories and poems each of which is connected to the wild. The first such story is titled “Mowgli’s Brothers”...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 4:57 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the nature of the moral universe presented in The Governess and "Mowgli's Borthers," "Kaa's...

The Governess and The Jungle Book (the first three stories of which are concerned with the early life of Mowgli) are both highly didactic works, and are both concerned with education. The...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020 7:26 am UTC

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Why did the monkeys want to keep Mowgli in their tribe?

At first, the Bandar-Log, or Monkey-People, are pleased just to associate with Mowgli. They speak to him out of curiosity and because it annoys Baloo, who has not mentioned the Bandar-Log to Mowgli...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020 12:24 pm UTC

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Why did Akela push Buldeo over in The Jungle Book?

In the chapter “Tiger Tiger,” Mowgli kills Shere Khan with the help of Grey Brother and Akela. Afterward, Buldeo—the chief hunter of the village—finds them and tries to take Shere Khan’s pelt from...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 3:35 am UTC

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How is The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling an example of a utopia or dystopia and why?

It might be said that Kipling's fable-like stories about Mowgli in Kipling's The Jungle Book may represent both utopia and dystopia in the cultures of the various animals Kipling describes and that...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2010 3:59 am UTC

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Why did Mowgli keep away from men?

Mowgli has been brought up by animals and shares their customs. The animals have agreed amongst themselves that they will not bother or try to eat humans, because when they do that, inevitably what...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019 9:34 am UTC

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In The Jungle Book, what is the nature of the moral universe presented in "Mowgli´s Brothers," "Kaa´s Hunting," and...

The first three stories in The Jungle Book present a self-contained narrative about the early life of Mowgli, from his adoption as a member of the Wolf Pack to his killing of Shere Khan, the tiger....

Latest answer posted May 30, 2020 3:23 pm UTC

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What doesn't Mowgli understand about the villagers?

With the help of the wolves Akela and Grey Brother, Mowgli has managed to trap the deadly tiger Shere Khan in a narrow canyon, where he is trampled to death by a herd of buffalo. Shere Khan was...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 10:28 am UTC

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