Greed In Tikki-Tavi, By Rudyard Kipling

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Baylee Bertetto 3rd Hour composition A theme is the moral or lesson of the story. In the story “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” by Rudyard Kipling, it is obvious that the theme is greed leads to negative outcomes such as disaster, suffering, evil, catastrophe, and arrogance. I am positive that is the theme because Nag and Nagaina, who are antagonists, both have an abundance of greed. They are more greedy than a kid in a toy store that was told he or she could have whatever they wanted. With all of their greed comes negative outcomes. First, Nag dies, and then all their eggs get eaten. In the climax, even Nagaina herself dies. Whereas Rikki-tikki, with hardly any greed at all, keeps all of the people and animals he is fond of or wants to protect alive. I do understand how some people would think that the theme would be too much ambition leads to negative results. However, that is not the theme. Providing evidence is …show more content…

In the exposition, Rikki-tikki stays beside Teddy to make sure he is safe; he cares more about Teddy’s safety than his own. You can tell Teddy’s father knows Teddy is safe because he declares, “Teddy’s safer with that little beast than if he had a bloodhound to watch him.” Another example of how Rikki-tikki is not greedy is that Nag is talking to Rikki-tikki, and then Nagaina came up behind him and Darzee warned him. He turns around and is not greedy to be dominate but to keep himself and Darzee safe. When he turns around he simply talks to Nag and Nagaina instead of immediately have a controversy. Rikki-tikki and Darzee both stay unharmed. When Nag and Nagaina plan to start killing people so they can have the garden to themselves, Rikki is there and ready to defend the people by making sure Nag doesn’t get them. Rikki-tikki kills Nag not with greed but to keep loved ones safe. Rikki-tikki is not being greedy when he wants the cobras dead, but he wants everyone in the garden to live in peace with one

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