Jungle Book Research Paper

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English III
November 30, 2012
Uncovering the Allegories in The Jungle Book Over time, children learn to gain wisdom through important individuals in their lifetime. This teaches them to be more persistent in their goals. In The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling uses the story of Mowgli’s journey to manhood in order to reveal hidden messages in life today. Mowgli does not resemble the ordinary child. Raised in the jungle by wolves, he learns everything he knows from a couple of animals he stumbles upon. Mowgli makes friends with most of the animals in the jungle, but some of them do not like Mowgli. The tiger of the jungle, Shere Khan, has a taste that does not appeal to Mowgli. That is, his taste for a friend; his taste for food
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Although they accepted them into their lives, they still did not trust them because they were different just like the wolves did not trust Mowgli. So when it came to the serious matters such as marriage, they would stop accepting the Indians, as did the wolves with Mowgli. This resembles one of the points Kipling tries to get at. Humans naturally will not trust somebody just because they are different. Police officers today even use racial profiling as one of their tactics. They will suspect something wrong with somebody just because of the way that they look. Kipling presents Mowgli as his most significant character because of all of the allegories that are revealed because of him. “Many critics consider Mowgli one of the most memorable characters in children’s literature” (Zott par. 1). Bagheera and Baloo are a few other protagonists that Kipling represents. Bagheera, a black panther, illuminates his: inky black [skin], but with the panther markings showing up in certain lights like the pattern of watered silk. Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody cared to cross his path, for he was as cunning as Tabaqui, as bold as the wild buffalo, and as reckless as the wounded elephant. But he had a voice as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree, and a skin softer than down. (Kipling 11)
Wisdom and pride fill Bagheera, yet his voice remains “soft as wild honey” (11). He teaches

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