Rudyard Kipling's Nagain Victim Or Villain?

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Nagaina, in “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” a story written by Rudyard Kipling, was a so called villain. She was a snake with no plans of changing anytime soon. Nagaina lived in the garden (in India) with her husband or mate Nag. While doing very many bad things, I believe she was just misunderstood. But Nagaina was still a cruel and dangerous fiend!

Nagaina was very misunderstood. Everyone talks about how she was such a terrible “villain”, but in reality, she had her reasons. Think about it. It is in a snakes nature to want to be all powerful or in control. At first the snakes in the garden were just being evil, but after Rikki-Tikki got there, there was purpose behind it. Rikki Tikki killed Karait. After that Nagaina knew he was a threat. Then Nagaina and Nag plotted against Rikki’s life, and Rikki killed Nag. Nagaina’s life mate. She was heartbroken and in mourning when Rikki killed almost all her unborn babies! “For
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Cruel is a good word to describe Nagaina. She was too willing to kill. “Son of the big man that killed Nag,’ she hissed, ‘stay still. I am not ready yet. Wait a little, keep very still, all you three! Oh foolish people, who killed my Nag!” She loved Nag as much as a cobra could love anyone. Darzee’s wife flew to Nagaina and said “the boy broke my leg with a rock” When Darzee’s wife said this, all Nag had to say was, “Well! Then it may be some consolation to you to know when I’m done with you, I’ll settle accounts with the boy.”

Lastly, Nagaina was dangerous. She said while she went to kill Teddy, “If you move I strike, If you don’t move, I strike.” This proves that Nagaina was cruel and she knew it. She also plotted with Nag to take Rikki’s life. That didn’t work out so well for Nag, or Nagaina really!

In conclusion, Nagaina was a very cruel and dangerous snake. But we have found she was a very misunderstood snake. The part she played in this story was a vital necessity. She was the main “villain”. Without Nagaina there would be no full

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