Historical Context

British Imperialism in the Late Nineteenth Century
When ‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’’ was first published as part of the second...

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Literary Style

Setting: The Fantasy World
‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’’ illustrates a trend in children’s literature especially characteristic...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Eliot, T. S., A Choice of Kipling’s Verse, Faber & Faber, 1941, pp. 5–36.

Kipling, Rudyard, ‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,’’ in The Jungle Books, Golden Press, 1963, pp. 123–33.

Lerner, Robert E., Standish Meacham, and Edward McNall Burns, Western Civilization: Their History and Their Culture, Norton, 1993, pp. 811–39.

Orwell, George, ‘‘Rudyard Kipling,’’ in Collected Essays, Secker & Warburg, 1961, pp. 179–94.

Wheatcroft, Geoffrey, ‘‘A White Man’s Burden: Rudyard Kipling’s Pathos and Prescience,’’ in Harper’s Magazine, September 2002, pp. 81–84.

Further Reading

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Compare and Contrast

1890s: English readers are fascinated by portrayals of ‘‘exotic’’ British colonies like India, written primarily by British...

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Topics for Further Study

The characters of Nag and Nagaina are portrayed as villains in ‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.’’ The use of snakes as a symbol of evil is common...

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Media Adaptations

‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’’ was adapted as an animated film in 1975. It was directed by Chuck Jones, narrated by Orson Welles, and is...

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What Do I Read Next?

The Jungle Books, published in two volumes in 1894 and 1895, Kipling’s most famous and endearing work, is a collection of stories...

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