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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi from The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
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Character Role Analysis

Nag & Nagaina

Here are a couple of things we learn about Nag when he first arrives on the scene:

  • He eats a baby bird (21).
  • His voice is a "low hiss—a horrid cold sound" (23).
  • He's big and black.
  • His eyes are "wicked" snake eyes that "never change their expression" (23).

Given that, care to take a guess who's the story's antagonist? Yeah, it's Nag and his wife, Nagaina. Other clues to their villainy are Nag's attempt to kill the entire family in their sleep, and Nagaina's desire to kill Teddy as an act of vengeance.

And the fact that they are snakes. Honestly, when was the last time you experienced a story with snakes or snake-like characters as the protagonist? Exactly.

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