Slyness In Flannery O 'Connor's Poison Bites'

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Cobras are famous for the threatening hood at their neck. They spread the hood out when says they feel threatened or angry. Nag and Nagaina are two snakes in the story, “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”. They have a evil intention to kill the owners of the bungalow and Rikki-Tikki, the mongoose. They are both quite sneaky and cruel but one hovers over the other when it comes to killing others… especially in slyness. People - or in this case, snakes - who are very cruel and sly are far more likely to win over others who are just as cruel but boastful.
Slyness is a weapon if you have cruel intentions! Nag is very boastful which makes him foolish and open. The author says, “‘Who is Nag?” [Nag said]. “I am Nag. The great god Brahm put his mark upon all our people when
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The author says, “That is good, said the snake [Nag], “Now, when Karait was killed the big man had a stick. He may still have that stick, but when he comes in to bathe in the morning he will not have a stick’” (Kipling 415-416). Nag is determined to avenge his friend’s, Kariat, death and instead of killing the man in his sleep he wants him to see his death approaching and suffer for a long time. Fortunately he doesn’t succeed. Nagiana is just as evil. The author says, “‘Son of the big man that killed Nag,” she [Nagaina] hissed, “stay still. I am not ready yet. Wait a little. Keep very still, all you three. If you move I strike, and if you don’t move I strike, Oh foolish people, who killed my Nag!’” (Kipling 419). Nagiana being just as evil as Nag uses the same method as him. She could have killed the three in their sleep but wants them to see their death approaching and regret killing her husband. She takes pleasure in the suffering of her victims, they both do. That is what makes these two snakes so evil. Wow! That was very interesting to see how evil you can get when you want someone

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