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Book review: The Jungle Book

   Pratik Karn - Dec 02 2022

Last month, I read the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The story was mostly about Mowgli, an Indian boy who is raised by wolves and learns self-reliance and wisdom from the jungle animals. The book describes the social life of a wolf pack and, in a more visionary way.

The Jungle Book is set in a jungle in nearby India in the early 20th century. There is also the set up of a small Indian village near the jungle where Mowgli used to see creatures like him from the jungle.

Mowgli is a human cub raised by a wolf pack. Shere Khan is presented as being cruel, unkind, greedy, and rude. Bagheera and Kaa are the friends of Mowgli, Bhaloo, the bear, is his teacher and teaches him jungle rules. Akela, is the leader of the wolf pack.

A wolf family finds a little boy wandering in the jungle and adopts him. They named him Mowgli. He becomes part of the wolf pack, and Baloo, the old bear, and the panther Bagheera teach him the rules of the jungle. However, Shere Khan, the tiger, does not like the child living in the jungle and wants to kill him. One day, Mowgli is captured by monkeys who live in an abandoned city in the jungle. Baloo and Bagheera get help from Kaa, the python, and save it. As Mowgli grows older, he is in greater danger from Shere Khan. One thing that all animals fear is fire, so he goes to a nearby village and steals a pot of fire. He uses fire to fight Shere Khan, but he knows that he would have to kill him to be safe. As Mowgli grows older, the animals begin to realize that they cannot live with him. He returns to the village and starts living with the humans. Shere Khan finds him. Then Mowgli kills Shere Khan.

Critical Interpretations
I love the jungle setting, and as I said before, I loved how the narration brought this to life and allowed me to visualize the surroundings of the jungle very clearly. I found this entire story entertaining. Some of these stories were touching, some were fun, and some I just did not connect to at all. It was such a mixture!

What I don't like about the book is that the Mogwoli returned to the human world. I thought that at the end, Mowgli would stay with the animals, but it had a sad ending. He left his childhood memories, friends, and families behind in the jungle. Overall, I enjoyed this one, but it had more ups and downs than I expected.

I would recommend it if anyone is going to read an adventurous book. I think this book should be taught in every school, as it teaches the little students many morals. This is both a fiction and a morality tale.The morals are that we should control our emotions, we should be confident to do something, animals also help each other, and if humans try, they can be friends with animals.
In terms of rating, I would give this book 9 out of 10.

Pratik Karn
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Illustrator: John Lockwood Kipling
No. of pages: 239
Published by: Macmillan in 1894

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