What is the resolution of The Jungle Book?

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The Jungle Book comes to resolution as Mowgli leaves both wolf and human society to go out on his own and, later, as an orderly parade exhibits the strength and virtue of a hierarchical, well-ordered society in which every creature knows his place.

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The resolution of a work of literature is the conclusion of a story. Usually, though not always, it is that moment at the end of a work, after the excitement is over, in which the reader is left with a sense of closure as loose ends are tied up.

It can be difficult to locate a point of resolution in a series of loose tales like The Jungle Book, but there are two places where a strong sense of closure occurs. The resolution to the story arc of Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves, appears in the story called "Tiger! Tiger!," in which Mowgli, cast out by the wolves, goes to live with humans. In this tale, Mowgli finally kills Shere Khan, resolving that plotline in which the tiger has been threatening him since the beginning of the book. At this ending, Mowgli, who experiences rejection both as a member of the wolf and human communities, goes out on his own as a hunter. It is difficult in this story not to identify Mowgli with Kipling himself, who, as an Anglo-Indian, was similarly caught between two cultures.

The final tale in the book, "Her Majesty's Servants," resolves the tension between order and disorder that has been a running theme throughout the stories. Here, with everything in its place, order wins the day, celebrated by a perfectly executed parade and song celebrating hierarchy that the camp animals sing:

Children of the Camp are we,
Serving each in his degree.

Both stories work together to emphasize that everyone finding their rightful place in the social order, even if that means leaving it rather than remaining as a problematic misfit, leads to the best of societies.

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