Who are the flat characters in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"?

Darzee is a flat character because he never changes throughout the story. He remains ignorant and flighty throughout the entire story, and he is easily distracted. He struggles to focus on one thing at a time, and he has no significant impact on the plot of the story.

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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 uncomplicated and have easily identifiable personality traits. Darzee, the Tailorbird, is a flat character in Kipling's classic short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" because his character is not complex and does not change throughout the story. Darzee is depicted as a "feather-brained" bird, who struggles to focus on one thing at a time. He remains ignorant and flighty throughout the entire story. Karait is another example of a flat character in the story and is portrayed as a deadly, hostile brown snakeling. Karait is also an antagonist and is the first snake that Rikki-tikki kills. Chuchundra, the muskrat, is another flat character, who is solely portrayed as a lowly, sorrowful animal. Rikki-tikki-tavi, Darzee's wife, Nag, and Nagaina are all examples of round characters, who have multiple character traits and are relatively complex.

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The description "flat character" is used to describe those characters in a story that are not given any depth of development. The reader generally meets such characters only briefly, and sees only one aspect of each flat character's personality.

In "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," Karait is a flat character. There is no information supplied about Karait beyond what is essential for the purposes of the plot. The reader knows that Karait is a poisonous "dusty brown snakeling" and that he becomes Rikki's first conquest.

Darzee's wife is a flat character. The reader learns that she is "a sensible bird" and reads how she helps Rikki trick Nagina, but nothing else. Darzee's character is developed in more detail, as the reader learns that he is something of a coward, that he "could never hold more than one idea at a time in his head," and that he loves to make up ballads celebrating the feats of others - so Darzee is not a flat character.

Chuchundra the muskrat and the Coppersmith bird could be considered other flat characters. They each serve one specific role in the story.

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