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The Tiger in the Tunnel

The tiger attacks Baldeo, who moves out of the path of the attack. He strikes the tiger twice with the axe, and the author says he almost severs the tiger's leg at the shoulder. The axe gets stuck...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2018, 3:52 pm (UTC)

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In "The Tiger in the Tunnel," Baldeo confronts the deadly man-eating tiger in the tunnel after his first month on the job. Even though he has heard the rumors about this dangerous tiger, he is...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2018, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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Baldeo is the main character in this great and terribly sad short story. He is a married man and a father of two children. He has a daughter and a 12-year-old son named Tembu. Baldeo and his family...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2019, 12:20 am (UTC)

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The message of the story is that courage in the execution of duty and resilience in the face of adversity are necessary traits for survival in the jungles of India. In the story, Tembu's father is...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016, 8:35 pm (UTC)

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Baldeo is responsible because he takes up another job in order to provide for his family. Farming in the small rice fields barely produced enough for their sustenance, and the job as a railway...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016, 6:59 am (UTC)

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One possible theme of Ruskin Bond’s story “The Tiger in the Tunnel” is that existence is a cycle of inevitable life and death. Even the strong must die, but life must also go on. Ruskin’s story...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2012, 3:35 am (UTC)

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Tembu is the twelve-year-old son of the night watchman, Baldeo. He's asleep in the little hut where Baldeo stays at night when he's working. Some nights, he accompanies his father to his job at the...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019, 5:07 pm (UTC)

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Hello! Ruskin Bond writes about India with warmth and admiration. Recently a recipient of the 2014 Padma Bhushan award (the third highest civilian award in India, in the field of Literature and...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2015, 6:04 pm (UTC)

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Baldeo demonstrates the courage to continue to do his job even in the face of overwhelming conditions. One way in which Baldeo shows courage is in his persistence in doing his job. Baldeo works...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2015, 7:39 am (UTC)

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In "The Tiger and the Tunnel," the tiger symbolizes death, menacing threat, and the perils of nature. Baldeo, however, is not afraid to face death; he proudly carries on the tradition of his...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2015, 8:42 pm (UTC)

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Very early in the story, readers are told that Baldeo is a "watchman." We are also told that his watchman duties come with a "station." The station is nothing more than a small shack by the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019, 3:09 pm (UTC)

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Tembu is a twelve-year-old child whose emotions are at the core of "The Tiger in the Tunnel." Tembu is the son of Baldeo, a hardworking and brave man who works a night shift at the railroad to...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019, 4:32 am (UTC)

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The night is dark and silent as Baldeo and his son Tembu keep watch in a little hut in the middle of the jungle. Normally, it's a pretty straightforward, uneventful job. All Baldeo and Tembu have...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 11:22 am (UTC)

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In "The Tiger in the Tunnel," Baldeo's confidence is rooted in his experience and ability. One reason that Baldeo displayed a sense of certainty is because he had yet to encounter a tiger. He...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2015, 4:37 am (UTC)

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The struggle to survive underscores Bond's short story. For example, it is clear that Baldeo and his family struggle to survive from an economic standpoint: "Their small rice fields did not provide...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2015, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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Baldeo doesn't run away when he sees the tiger coming towards him because he feels confident in his ability to fight the animal. You can see evidence of Baldeo's confidence in the text. Much of his...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2015, 5:16 pm (UTC)

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"The Tiger in the Tunnel" is an inspirational story because eventually, and against all odds, Tembu takes over from his father’s previous job in order to take care of the family. The young boy is...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016, 4:40 pm (UTC)

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Baldeo met the tiger while checking the railway tunnel and a fight ensued. He dodged the tiger’s attacks twice and fought back, each time driving his axe in the tiger’s shoulder. His second strike...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2015, 5:22 pm (UTC)

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Tembu's father, Baldeo, is employed as a watchman at a small station on the edge of a jungle. The station is close to a tunnel, and it is Baldeo's duty, or errand, to firstly check that the tunnel...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2019, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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Baldeo worked as a night watchman for the railroad company. His post was located in the precinct of India’s jungle forest. The work was highly risky given the existence of dangerous animals within...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016, 6:40 pm (UTC)

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One reason why Baldeo is uneasy is because of what he might encounter in the jungle. Baldeo sets out for the railway station late at night. As he walks through the jungle, the forest creatures are...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2016, 1:54 am (UTC)

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Courage is something that Baldeo shows in his confrontation with the tiger. One of the most demonstrative aspects of this courage is that Baldeo only interacts with the tiger because he is earning...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2013, 11:36 pm (UTC)

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In Ruskin Bond's short story "The Tiger in the Tunnel," Baldeo and his son Tembu have gone together to the barren hut where Baldeo is the watchman for the railroad near a jungle in India. Tembu...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2015, 4:39 pm (UTC)

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In the “Tiger in the Tunnel,” Ruskin Bond captures many complex relationships in just a few pages: between father and son, man and wild, and boyhood and duty. I’ll discuss how all these...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019, 5:23 am (UTC)

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Baldeo's sense of honor is integral to the story. Baldeo has to take his extra job as a watchman to supplement the family's income. He is not necessarily excited or passionate to be a watchman....

Latest answer posted July 5, 2013, 2:31 am (UTC)

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Baldeo must work as a signalman for the railroad in order to supplement his income because his rice farm does not produce enough income for his family. The station, a small shack backed by heavy...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2017, 5:17 am (UTC)

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Baldeo was a responsible family man because he worked hard to provide for his family. The family got some of their provisions from the rice fields, but it was barely enough to sustain them. Baldeo...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2016, 3:18 pm (UTC)

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The Tiger in the Tunnel is a story of extraordinary courage because it depicts the strength of human resolve in the face of extreme odds. In the story, Baldeo is the night watchman at the signal...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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One way that the idea of "life has to go on" is brought out in Bond's story can be in Tembu himself. Tembu does not shut down as a result of his father's death. He does not wall himself in a room...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2015, 2:08 am (UTC)

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"The Tiger in the Tunnel" illustrates the theme of an ordinary man's extraordinary courage with the stand that Baldeo takes against the attacking tiger. Out of necessity Baldeo has a job as a...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2017, 4:07 am (UTC)

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Hello! You asked about Baldeo in "Tiger In The Tunnel" and Sher Singh in "Journey By Night." What qualities do Baldeo and Sher Singh share that reveal their courage? Baldeo stood his ground and...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2015, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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Two moments where "life has to go on" can be seen when Baldeo loses his weapon in his fight with the tiger and when Tembu must assume responsibility for his family's welfare. The moment when...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2016, 12:34 pm (UTC)

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The father, Baldeo, and his son, Tembu, both understand what they must do to provide for the family. Because the small rice field that Baldeo owns only provides his family with a meager living,...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2017, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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The rising action in a story takes place after the exposition, which introduces the situation. Through the rising action, tension gradually increases until the climax. In the short story "The Tiger...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2021, 6:15 pm (UTC)

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The narrator does not tell us when the story is set, giving it a timeless quality, but clues in the story help us narrow the time period. The story centers on the railroad and a tiger: trains did...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2021, 12:40 pm (UTC)

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Ruskin Bond’s short story “The Tiger in the Tunnel,” takes place in a part of the world the author knows well—the jungles of India. India is a land of many cultures, climates, languages, and...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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I think that the tiger is the real tiger in "The Tiger in the Tunnel." A case could be made that as Baldeo approaches his adversary, he might display some qualities that resemble those of a tiger....

Latest answer posted July 9, 2016, 7:15 am (UTC)

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Baldeo strikes me as the most tragic figure in Bond's "The Tiger in the Tunnel." Baldeo is tragic because reality dictates his freedom. In the story's opening, Baldeo "stretched himself slowly...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2015, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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The tiger in the story has no name. However, the villagers referred to it as a man-eater and narrated stories of how it often visited the tunnel through which the train passed. It was in this very...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2015, 6:05 am (UTC)

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Bond's description of the night in "The Tiger in the Tunnel" opens with images of predation and continues throughout the narrative. The exposition describes the night as one that "swallows" life,...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2013, 2:34 pm (UTC)

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The Tiger in the Tunnel

In the short story "The Tiger in the Tunnel" by Ruskin Bond, Baldeo is a poor man who supplements the meager income from his paddy farm by working for the railroad. He is a watchman for the...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019, 8:05 pm (UTC)

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The tiger has been severed by the speeding train. Initially, the tiger is weakened from his confrontation with Baldeo. Once cornered, the watchman attacks the tiger with an axe. Once the tiger...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2013, 10:05 am (UTC)

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Pathos is one of the three persuasive appeals, this one appealing to emotion. In this story, we feel sorry for the boy and his father because they are poor. We also feel sorry for the boy and his...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012, 2:02 am (UTC)

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One of the themes of "The Tiger in the Tunnel" is the theme of resiliency and strength. Despite hardships, characters are shown to be strong and rather impervious to the obstacles that life places...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2013, 1:58 am (UTC)

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The story is set in a tribal village on the outskirts of a jungle forest in India where Baldeo lives with his wife, his daughter, and son Tembu. The family grows rice for subsistence. In addition,...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016, 1:20 pm (UTC)

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