The Jungle Book: Anthropomorphism At Its Best

By Michael Staudt

Rudyard Kipling wrote many fabulous novels throughout his career, yet this masterpiece is one of his finest. The novel The Jungle Book was published in 1894.

The novel starts with a man cub, named Mowgli, that is adopted and raised by a tribe of wolves. As the boy begins to mature, a tiger that thrived in the jungle, known as Shere Kan, decides to exile the human to a village nearby.

Mowgli is accepted at the suburb by a woman named Messua who believes that he was her lost son abandoned in the jungle. After denouncing unrealistic opinions about the jungle and its animals, Mowgli is thought to be a mad man.

When Shere Kan enters the village, Mowgli leads the predator into a ravine where the tiger is trampled by cattle. Following this act, the boy is exiled into the jungle to perish.

Overall, The Jungle Book was a very well written novel. Indian culture is expressed in the novel and several morals are written in a professional and entertaining way.

The perspectives that Kipling gives the reader are extraordinary as well, because he gives a point of view from the animal’s life and culture. His use of anthropomorphism, is astounding and charming.

For those who adore anthropomorphism and enjoy Rudyard Kipling’s writing, this is the perfect book!