Imperialism In The Jungle Book

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A jungle is typically thought of as a forest with luscious green trees and vibrant arrays of colors. While there are varying definitions that stem from the word “jungle”, they all have a similar underlying meaning of a setting with perplexities or dangers. Embodying this definition is the live-action movie The Jungle Book, which depicts “jungle” in both the literal and figurative sense. This movie takes place deep in the dense jungles of India and narrates a story of Mowgli’s struggle to survive in a place where his presence is seen as a danger. Utilizing jungle animals and the man village, The Jungle Book mirrors the strained dynamics of power and culture that result from the Westernization of India.
In this movie, there are two distinctive
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He was feared by all animals in the jungle but still surrendered to the power of the Red Flower. In this context, Shere Khan signifies the victims of colonization. They are not killed by humans directly, but rather are destroyed by the creations of the invaders and the process of colonization. The Red Flower, the power, not only runs the hierarchy of the jungle, but also will harm those who threaten its position. At the end, it is an effort of all the jungle animals including those who are royalty to stop the forest burning, indicating that any real change must be done as a collective whole.
Overall, The Jungle Book showcased the power and survival struggles of those involved in the British colonization of India. The man’s presence provides a sense of foreignness and calls attention to the view of change. There were individuals who oppressed colonization, and similarly, there were advocates for colonization. Mowgli’s ability to not let power control his life ultimately is what differentiates him from other humans who often fell victim to the desire for control. Ultimately, Mowgli’s character development and loyalty demonstrate that the perception of colonization is ambiguous and

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