Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Questions and Answers

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" begins with introduction of the readers to the main character and some of the supporting characters of the story. Rikki-tikki is a mongoose, a ball of energy contained in a body...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2012, 9:14 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

As "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" opens, Rikki-tikki, a young mongoose, is washed away from his parents in a flood, and is found by a young boy who believes him to be dead. The boy (whose name is Teddy) takes...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020, 8:05 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The main conflict is between the mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and his antagonists, the snakes. In particular, the mongoose is engaged in conflict with the largest, most dangerous snake of all, a giant...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2018, 5:57 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Nag's appearance is described for the first time when Rikki-tikki is in the garden of the bungalow speaking to Darzee, the tailorbird. While Darzee is telling Rikki-tikki about how Nag ate one of...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017, 11:16 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

In his story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," Rudyard Kipling presents a battle-to-the death conflict between the mongoose Rikki-tikki-tavi and two cobras, Nag and Nagaina. The snakes are out to kill Rikki's...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2020, 2:54 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

All three of these characters are determined to protect their territory and the ones they love. Although they are enemies, Nag, Nagaina, and Rikki do have a lot in common. They are all persistent,...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 11:31 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The cobras, Nag and Nagaina, plot together to kill the people living in the bungalow. At first Nag wonders whether it will be necessary to kill the people. It is obvious to him that Rikki is a...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Nag is the male cobra in this story. When readers first meet him, they find out that he has brought great grief to the tailorbird family by eating a baby bird that fell out of their nest. This...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016, 1:17 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

In the largest sense, "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is set in India, in Segowlee. The story, published in 1895, reflects a time in which the British Empire ruled India. The bungalow home of the big man, his...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2019, 7:49 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

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...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2020, 10:35 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Darzee is a 'feather-brained fellow' because he does not see the long-term effects of having the cobras (and cobra eggs) in the garden like Rikki-tikki-tavi and Darzee's wife do. In this way, he...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2012, 10:08 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki-tikki killed Nagaina by following her into her hole and fighting her to the death. Nagaina was the female cobra in the garden at the Indian bungalow. Rikki-tikki killed her mate, Nag,...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013, 6:26 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki-tikki gets washed away from his mongoose family in a flood and that is how he ends up with the people. This story takes place in British-colonized India, in a house on the edge of a “half...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2015, 12:20 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The central conflict is between Rikki and the snakes and takes place in and around the yard. A conflict is a struggle between opposing forces. This story is actually deceptively complex. While on...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki shows he is brave when he goads Nagaina into fighting him after he kills Nag. Rikki-tikki-tavi is brave because mongooses are too curious to be scared. Speaking about Rikki, the narrator...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016, 2:29 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki-tikki-tavi is similar to Nag and Nagaina in many ways. All three animals occupy the same territory around the bungalow and are dedicated to their families. Nag and Nagiana are concerned about...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2017, 3:54 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Shortly after Rikki-tikki survives Nagaina's attack, Teddy comes running down the path to pet him and Rikki-tikki hears Kariat, the brown snakeling say, "Be careful. I am Death!" (Kipling, 3)....

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019, 6:27 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The overarching theme in Rudyard Kipling's story “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” is balance. The young mongoose Rikki-tikki-tavi strikes a balance between curiosity and caution, courage and practicality, and...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020, 10:48 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki got his name from the sound he makes, an example of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is a sound device where a word is used that makes a sound. The words are usually spelled to represent the...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki wants to find and destroy Nagaina's eggs because they are due to hatch within a day, and that would help fulfill Nagaina's plan to be queen of the garden. Darzee tells Rikki where to find the...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2016, 3:55 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki-tikki-tavi meets up with a tailor bird called Darzee and his wife. The birds are in a miserable mood, crying over the loss of one of their chicks. The baby fell out of their nest and was soon...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019, 9:24 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Prior to killing Karait, the young mongoose named Rikki-tikki-tavi has encountered the big black cobra Nag and his "wife," Nagaina. He is feeling quite proud of himself at this time and is...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018, 8:46 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Foreshadowing is a literary technique that authors use that hints at what is going to come later. Foreshadowing builds suspense because readers have a sense that something is going to happen, but...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The first thing to note is that Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a mongoose rather than a person (it should be noted that a majority of the characters in this story are animals: consider the two tailor-birds,...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2019, 5:11 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Literary devices include both elements and techniques. Literary elements are things that must have a place in all stories: form, structure, characters, setting, point of view, etc....

Latest answer posted July 7, 2011, 2:43 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

When trying to determine where the climax in a story occurs, consider two possibilities. First, look for the high point of the action, the part of the story where emotions are at their strongest...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016, 2:10 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongoose, faces many challenges as he carries out "the great war" in this story. He has interpersonal conflicts with other animals when he tries to get their assistance in...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016, 1:48 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The external conflict in this story mainly exists between Rikki and the snakes. Nag, Nagaina, and Karait all are not happy with Rikki's presence, and they all try to either kill Rikki or get him to...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 10:06 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

That Rikki sure was a curious little devil in the classic Rudyard Kipling children's tale. Rikki came to the English family's bungalow in India quite by a fateful act of nature. One day, a...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2010, 4:54 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Teddy's parents are initially motivated by sympathy to revive and comfort Rikki-tikki after they discover him completely exhausted and unconscious on their garden path. Teddy's mother brings...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2019, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki fights Nagaina and emerges victorious after killing her. Cobras do not likely have many natural predators. The mongoose appears to be one. The conflict between Rikki-tikki and Nag and...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2015, 2:37 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The text of "Riki-tiki-tavi" accredits Darzee's wife with being "sensible" in relation to her understanding that cobra eggs today means deadly cobras later on. Because of her "sensible"...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2017, 8:09 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Above all, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is curious and energetic, as most mongooses are. He spends much of his time hunting snakes--another trait of most mongooses--but he also enjoys a nap at times....

Latest answer posted October 17, 2010, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The answer to this really depends on your own personal opinion. You can argue Rikki Tikki is hypocritical in the story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," but you can also argue he only attacks the snakes and...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016, 6:33 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Darzee and his wife are afraid, because the cobras are on the hunt. Darzee and his wife are the tailor-birds who help Rikki in his fight against the cobras. They are in danger because the cobras...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2015, 2:22 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

There is a significant amount of alliteration—repeated initial consonant sounds—in Rudyard Kipling's story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," which helps make the story fun to read. First, let's think about the...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2016, 3:32 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki is determined to destroy Nag and Nagaina because it is his instinct, and because they are threatening his people. We are told that mongooses all want to be a house mongoose. I am sure it is...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016, 5:10 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a young mongoose, is the hero of the story. From the first part of the story, we learn that he is a fearless fighter, that he is curious, and that he is friendly towards people....

Latest answer posted April 2, 2016, 8:06 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The motto of the entire mongoose family is "Run and find out." Although Rikki is just a young mongoose, he naturally follows his curiosity and then uses his skill in killing snakes to keep the...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016, 10:38 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

When Rikki-Tikki destroys all of the eggs except one, we know that he will need to face off against Nagaina and kill her in order to survive. Foreshadowing is a hint earlier in the story about what...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012, 1:36 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki-tikki is always described as curious, and almost impossible to frighten. A mongoose by its very nature seems to be a curious creature. When Rikki-tikki first washes up on the family’s...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2015, 7:24 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

On his second day at the bungalow, Rikki goes out to the garden to explore. Almost immediately he comes upon the tailorbirds, who are mourning the loss of a fledgling who fell from the nest and was...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016, 3:44 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The actions of Darzee's wife contribute to the development of the plot by introducing the antagonists of the story and helping Rikki-Tikki successfully defeat Nagaina. Initially, Darzee and his...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2019, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

The defining character traits of a mongoose are their inherent curiosity and bravery. Rikki-tikki-tavi’s character does not deviate from the norm, and he displays his bravery numerous times in the...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

In literature, flat characters lack emotional depth and do not experience any psychological or inherent change throughout the story. They are relatively one-dimensional characters, who are...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018, 2:25 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki tells Nagaina that he is not going to spare her egg and he will kill her. The mongoose is the natural enemy of the snake. As soon as Rikki shows up, the cobras Nag and Nagaina immediately...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016, 4:30 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki, like all mongooses, is endlessly curious about his surroundings. When he is found by the family, he is almost drowned, but as soon as he recovers he cannot wait to explore the bungalow, in...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019, 12:18 am (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is protective of his new family and curious about them. Rikki-Tikki is happy to find a family because “every well-brought-up mongoose always hopes to be a house-mongoose some day.”...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2015, 9:40 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Darzee the tailorbird plays two important roles in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi." First, he acts as a foil to Rikki, and second, he performs a role similar to the chorus in Greek drama, interpreting the story...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2016, 6:25 pm (UTC)

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

A cantonment is a military base in India. The Kipling Society notes that the Segowlee Cantonment is a fictitious location; however, a cantonment is a real place where soldiers live and train. A...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016, 12:32 am (UTC)

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