A mongoose called Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is very brave and strong. He makes friends in a garden and becomes enemies with two snakes. The snakes are mean so he kills them to protect his friends and family.
You should have courage to protect loved ones, like friends and family.
'When he revived, he was lying in the hot sun in the middle of a garden path, very draggled indeed, and a small boy was saying, "Here's a dead mongoose. Let's have a funeral."'
"It is the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose. Because he's eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity."
"Courage is like a muscle, it is strengthened by use." -Ruth Gordon
The setting helped me to reveal the theme because the setting is what brings Rikki there in the first place.
In line 110, Rikki-Tikki says, "...Do you think it is right for you to eat fledgelings out of a nest?" Rikki is standing up with the element of courage to Nag , so Nag could possible stop eating the fledgelings. While Rikki later kills all of the predators of the garden, this is one of the few times Rikki just says "stop."
Rikki-Tikki had a right to be proud of himself, but he did not grow too proud, and he kept that garden as good as a mongoose should keep it.
By showing how Rikki-Tikki constantly fights Nag and Nagina, it shows how Rikki is trying very hard to protect himself and his family.
'Then he jumped. The head was lying a little clear of the water jar, under the curve of it; and, as his teeth met...'