Andrew Ward Period: 7 Date: 2/6/13 Rikki Tikki Tavi Perseverance “This is the story of the great war that Rikki Tikki Tavi fought single handed, through the bathrooms of the big bungalow in segowlee cantonment. ”(594). it is also about Rikki Tikki’s perseverance by continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. Rikki Tikki shows perseverance by going on journeys, overcoming obstacles, and accomplishing goals. Rikki’s journeys demonstrate perseverance because he was washed by a flood to the bungalow/garden and he explored the garden where he met Darzee and his wife.
Rikki was washed away “One day, a high summer flood washed him out of the burrow where he lived with his father and mother, and carried him, kicking and clucking, down a roadside ditch”(594). Rikki stopped by finding a wisp of grass and held onto it, but lost his senses. Rikki found himself on the middle of a garden path were teddy, a little boy, found Rikki. After, Teddy and his family helped Rikki back on his feet, Rikki “then went outside into the garden to see what was to be seen”(596). It was Darzee the tailor bird and his wife, who made a beautiful nest. But lost an egg and was eaten by Nag”(596597). Nag is a 8ft long snake with a symbol on his hood who he say he got it from god. Rkki found Darzee while he was sniffing around he heard a very sorrowful voice how was Darzee and his wife. Since there were snakes in the garden stayed since each mongoose wants to be a household pet. Even though he was almost killed by Nagaina, Nag’s wife who looks exactly like him.