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Rikki-tikki is a mongoose and the protagonist of "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" (go figure, right?). The story revolves around his battle to protect the bungalow and garden from the cobras, but depending on how we read the story, we see Rikki-tikki playing roles that are very at odds with each other.
s such, the cobras are seen as a force of evil, through and through. They are described in evil terms, like Nag's arrival with a "low hiss—a horrid cold sound" and "wicked snake eyes" (23). Likewise, Nagaina makes a "savage hiss" when she misses her chance to kill Rikki-tikki (30). Oh, and they try to kill the British family with a sneak attack. Not Cool.
Teddy is the little boy of the British family and a future recipient of some serious psychological help. Honestly, three snake attacks in only two days? His ophiophobia (or, as we like to call it, common sense) will be fierce.
The mother is a bit timid when it comes to all things "nature," as we see when she's afraid to have Rikki-tikki sleep with Teddy (15). She even faints after the incident with Nagaina on the veranda (107).n the same light, the father is your typical father, knowledgeable and practical. He understands the nature of mongooses, which is why he doesn't worry about Rikki-tikki sleeping with Teddy. He's prone to action, as we see when he joins Rikki-tikki in fighting two of the three serpents
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