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What is a theme of the story "Tiger in the Tunnel" by Ruskin Bond?

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I think two possible themes are the themes of bravery and heroism.  Baldeo has a seemingly easy job.  He must make sure a train tunnel is free of obstructions and light a lamp that signals that fact to the train.  Baldeo has heard of reports of a dangerous tiger in the area (in addition to other dangerous jungle animals), but he bravely and confidently does his job.  To his son, Tembo, Baldeo is a heroic figure that stands bravely against the jungle animals.  Baldeo portrays that figure to the reader as well.  When the tiger shows up and attacks, Baldeo doesn't panic and run.  Instead, he stands and fights.  In...

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