Rikki Tikki Tavi, a Representation of Imperialism

Rikki Tikki Tavi can be seen as a representation of English colonial rule in India. There are signs and symbols throughout the story that can lead one to this conclusion. The English are represented as the family and the animals as the local population. Nag, the cobra, and his wife can be seen as Indian resistance to the English as they attempt to kill the family. The family is separated from the animals in the garden by their home (representing the English maintaining a separation from the Indian population). Rikki can be seen as a native that likes the English and can therefore travel between the two and feel sympathetic to the English rule because of the treatment he receives unlike some of the other animals. In other words, the English (Teddy and his family) treat some of the Indian population (Rikki) very well to not only make them more submissive to the English rulers, but also to encourage them to protect their English masters from the other Indians (Nag and his wife).



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