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The Jungle Book


Rudyard Kipling

seen against the importance of a great empire and the worth of the rule of law.  Firmly belonged to the imperial age  Still. Kipling wrote about both. on the other there were the oily jobs of the machine age. celebrating daily things and routine work.  He knew the empire not as a traveller. he wrote with a sense of social and psychological complexity.Rudyard Kipling  The `Imperial Laureate'.  The first British writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize.  On the one hand there was the vast commercial and governmental task of empire. but as one who lived its workaday life and lived its daily pan-racial relations .

must rank among the best loved of all children’s books . 95)  KIM (1901)  THE JUST SO STORIES (1902). Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Books (1894-95) and especially the Mowgli stories.Rudyard Kipling  THE LIGHT THAT FAILED (1890)  STALKY & Co. (1899)  THE JUNGLE BOOKS (1894.

ecomes friendly with Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther.  Rejected by men.  Baloo and Bagheera call Mowgli `Little Brother’ and address him as `thou’. since they cannot meet his eye and they acknowledge him as their leader. Mowgli is clearly their superior. he returns to the jungle as his master. and kills Shere Khan. grows up with the wolf pack. slightly poetic.The Jungle Book  Mowgli is a boy who is found in the jungle by wolves. and they use such terms as `the red flower’ for fire.  The animals in the book speak in their own appealing language. .  It is an acceptable convention that gives the animals a necessary dignity.

 The contrast of man and animal is crucial to the story.  In his own disconcerning way. .  The Law of the Jungle appears really to indicate how man must fend for himself in a dangerous world: how they must hunt together and be bold.  The world of the jungle is in fact both itself and our world as well: the human jungle. Kipling is a didactic as any Victorian moralist. but bold in obedience to their leaders.The Jungle Book  To adults it may seem evident that there is a profound ambiguity.