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Amanda Howard Hero/Villian
Transcript of Amanda Howard Hero/Villian
as one of the villains from the story
"Rikki Tikki Tavi," But I did nothing wrong! My buddy here, Polyphemus, and I are very misunderstood! We are hated because
of our differences.
Polyphemus is a cyclops
and I am a cobra. Polyphemus and I are old college
buddies, and we used to be best friends
before I met Nagaina and we got married. So, one day it was early in the morning and I had just woke up. Nagaina had just laid her eggs a few months ago and claimed she was still "recovering" which apparently
gave her the excuse to eat all the food we caught. So, me being the bigger one, left. I was so hungry!!!! I was slithering along when suddenly, I saw a baby bird fall out of the tree. I tried to save it, but i had no arms...so i
opened my mouth a bit to catch it. And i ended up eating it. and you'd think i could play it off? So, i got blamed for eating it by that
wicked bird. I tried to explain, but he wouldn't listen. The next day, I woke up to a loud noise. That cursed Darzee was blabbing his big fat beak. To a small brown animal. I thought it was a dog. A cat...some sort of... It was a mongoose. That evil, evil bird. "Who is Nag?" he chirped. I responded,"Who is nag..? I am Nag the great God Brahm put his mark upon all our people, when the first cobra spread his hood to keep the sun off Brahm as he slept. Look and be afraid!" It may sound up tight, but Nagaina made me rehearse that line a lot so that any time any one asked who I was, i could say that and sound cool. Let's make one thing clear.... I'm a cobra. That's a snake.
Snakes are cold blooded. Then, that rude mongoose
interrupted me from my thoughts. He started
asking me a question. So I responded with a question. I realized my wife was heading towards him.
I was going to tell him and let him meet her, but that
annoying bird beat me to it. Suddenly, a fight broke out. I was confused. Then, i realized my wife was bleeding. I blamed
it on Darzee. Then...something weird happened.
The mongoose's eyes turned red. So. my wife and I fled for our lives. When we got to our den, we were pretty upset.
We had tons of questions. What was a mongoose doing our garden?
Who bought him here?
Didn't they know that mongooses could kill cobras?
Did they do that on purpose?
Why would they do such a thing? It was so obvious. we had to kill him before he killed us. We started planning...after a while, we had an argument. "WELL I THINK THE ONE WHO'S
GIVEN BIRTH TO THE MOST CHILDREN
DO THE THINKING, AND THE ONE WHO'S
DONE NOTHING FOLLOW THROUGH WITH IT!" Nagaina screamed at me. I groaned. She was always doing
this! "Okay, dear, what do you suggest we do?"
I asked reluctently. We are snakes. We have Translvanian accents--like vampires... Suddenly there was a lot of commotion outside of
our usual quiet home. It was Karait! (Karait was one of those
third-wheels back in college--he'd always try to fit
in, but he never really had a place.) I REMEMBER KARAIT!
WE USED TO BE IN THE SAME
BIOLOGY CLASS! Right? Polyphemus and I
had the same schedule...except
he took law and I took physics. But anyways, as I was saying--
"Karait was was being killed by that
BLASTED mongoose! I wanted t--" WAIT
KARAIT IS DEAD..? ......Yes, Polyphemus. How? Who killed him? ...well if you'd stop interrupting
then maybe you'd find out... Mm'kay. Finish now... "Uh...right...but as I was
saying...I wanted to go out and
attack that ridiculous mongoose..but
Nagaina told me to stay. I wanted to help him so bad! Suddenly, Big Man came out with a stick. It made my insides feel all twisted. I looked away. Then just how it had started, the noise just went away.
Karait was dead. That mongoose was going to pay. Big time." What were you gonna do? I'll tell you in a minute. Just stop
interrupting me! Fine. Good boy. Now I was furious. "Now, now dear. Don't get
all worked up. You need your rest.
We've got a big night ahead of us..." I didn't like the sound of that. But I went
to sleep anyway. It wasn't every day Nagaina told
me to sleep. She was always telling me to get up and calling me lazy. Before long, I'd drifted off to sleep when I was awoken by a loud HISSSSSSS. Can't a man get any sleep around here? It was my wife. "Get up darling. We have a plan to carry out!" she sounded happy. We exited the den. We were sitting outside in the chilly night.
"What's the plan," I ask. "We kill," she said. "Well that's very interesting
and all, but dear...who and what
are we killing?" I ask, but I already knew.
"Just out of clarification," I add. "The Big Man, his Mate, and the
Little Big Man," she tells me. I didn't like that. I liked the Big Man, his Mate,
and the Little Big Man. They reminded me of
how my family would be one day--when the
eggs hatched. "Explain," I say simply. "When the house is emptied of people," Nagaina tells me,"he will have to go away, and then the garden will be our own again. Go in quietly, and remember that the Big Man who killed Karait is the first one to bite. Then come out and tell me, and we will hunt for Rikki-tikki together." "But are you sure that there is anything to be gained by killing the people?" I ask. I didn't like it at all. Why did I marry this snake? "Everything. When there were no people in the bungalow, did we have any mongoose in the garden? So long as the bungalow is empty, we are king and queen of the garden; and remember that as soon as our eggs in the melon-bed hatch, our children will need room and quiet.'' "I had not thought of that..." I mumble quietly
simply wanting to end the conversation. "I will go, but there is no need that we should hunt for Rikki-tikki afterward. I will kill Big Man and his Mate, and Little Big Man if I can, and come away quietly. The bungalow will be empty, and Rikki-tikki will go." She smiles. Then I remember again why I
married her. I didn't really want to kill
Big Man, his mate, and Little Big Man..but if it
makes her happy...then i'll do it. Nagaina left into the darkness,
leaving me in the big room.
I was thirsty so I found a drinking spot. "That is good..." I hissed. "Now,"I said, using logic.
"When Big Man killed Karait, he had a stick. He might have that stick still, but when he comes in to bathe in the morning he will not have a stick." I wanted to make sure that if Nagaina was still there, she could hear me and think I was going to carry out the plan.
I wasn't. There was no possible way I was going to kill Big Man and his family! " I shall wait here till he comes. Nagaina -- do you hear me? -- I shall wait here in the cool till daytime." There was no response. She was gone. I started making up reasons t-- WAIT! Stop. Why would you betray your wife? Well, Polyphemus, that's a pretty good
question...I wasn't about to kill Big Man
or his family. Let's not get into detail, shall we?
Let's continue. I started making up reasons as to why I couldn't kill Big Man. Here's what I came up with:
Well, I ended up scaring Big Man, and he took his family, and left.
He didn't come in to bathe.
I slept in... Believe me or not, but that took a lot of time just
coming up with those three ideas. So after a while, I
got tired and fell asleep while thinking. SUDDENLY I WAS AWAKEN BY THE MOST
TERRIBLE PAIN I'D EVER EXPERIENCED IN MY LIFE!
It took me a minute to realize it, but there was a
mongoose on my face. To be honest, I was almost a bit relived. I would have an excuse to not kill Big
Man...then...it started to hurt again. I started swinging and swinging, back and forth, to and fro, up and down, side to side, and in circles. It was no use. I soon died. Very. Slowly. And now you're probably
wondering: "WELL HOW ARE YOU
TELLING THE STORY IF YOU'RE
DEAD?" I'll answer that in just a minute, but let's
take a moment to realize what you've just heard about
my side of the story...okay? NAG'S PERSONALITY 1. NAG IS A SNAKE...BUT NAG HAS FEELINGS 2. NAG DEALS WITH A BRATTY WIFE, BUT HE TRIES TO
BE THE BIGGER PERSON. 3. NAG THINKS KILLING THE BIG MAN IS WRONG 4. NAG IS LOYAL 5. NAG IS NOT SPITEFUL 6. NAG IS AWESOME. 7. NAG TRIES TO TA-- Wait a minute! Wait, wait, wait.
why do you get to be awesome? Polyphemus! Stop interrupting me! 7. NAG TRIES TO TALK NAGANIA OUT OF KILLING
BIG MAN, HIS MATE, AND LITTLE BIG MAN 8. NAG TRIES TO KEEP THINGS AT A
NORMAL LEVEL (WHILE TRYING TO SAVE
THE BABY BIRD...) 9. NAG TRIES TO BE FRIENDLY WITH RIKKI TIKKI TAVI
AT FIRST 10. NAG IS AN EXPECTING FATHER Well, to answer your question,
this is my ghost. The Great
God Brahm gave me 24 hours
to use his ghost powder so... Just to let you know,
I'm not here to prove anything, I just wanted to at least
prove my innocence to the world before they automatically
claimed me as a villain (my wife---ehh not so much...) because I'm
not. Well...bye now. Polyphemus...? Say your goodbyes. Okay, whatever. Just watch your
back. I'm kind of hungry. Such manners. Okay, guys. Now it's time for the fun part! I think Nag is not considered
A) a hero
B) a villain Nag is more like an anti-hero type guy. Now you're probably saying: WHAT'S AN
ANTI-HERO???? An anti-hero is pretty
much self explanatory. It's a character
who's not a BYSTANDER... but more
like an innocent--villain. Nag is more like the "sidekick" in the
story. Nagaina is the mean "villain-y'' one. Did Nag hurt anybody (Besides the bird he
was trying to save?) The author just makes
it seems like he is a villain
because Rikki's against him, and
he's accompanied with Nagaina... RIGHT? The story is about a mongoose against
two cobras--particularly the villains.
They are causing mayhem in the garden
and the bird, Darzee, asks our hero, Rikki Tikki
Tavi to stop them. The story is resolved when Rikki kills
both cobras and kills all the eggs. No more snakes. The end. Rikki meets Nag. And in case you didn't know..... This is where the tension starts. Nag is the "Mr. De Lacey" in the story. Without him,
Nagaina doesn't have a wonderful companion... and then
he won't get killed, Nagaina really wouldn't have
such a good reason to--try--kill Rikki. Nag is kind of "second-hand'' in the story.
He's the "make-it-all-happen'' type guy. Everyone in the garden knows
"Rikki and the snakes are gonna fight.'' Everyone's expecting it. Rikki Tikki waits at the door
pondering different ways to strike
poor Nag, and Kill him all in one bite.
After, he's all shook up and he cannot believe
he's alive! Then, the next day, Nagaina's discovered the news.
And she is completely devastated. She is going to kill Rikki. (Too bad she didn't, right?) Nag is feared in the garden. Everyone says it,too. But when you're reading the story.... You can infer three pretty good statements, can't you? 1. Nag is a bad guy 2. No one likes Nag 3. Nag is evil Nag dies in the middle--making the tension increase by 2
dozen million percent! We all think:
Is the story over?
Will Nagaina fight back?
What will happen next?
Is Nagania going to be so furious she'll kill our
What will happen if she does? Do you see? Everyone is pretty much static.
The only dynamic thing is their happiness.
They're a lot happier at the end of the story than they were
at the beginning. And the sad little beast? He was happier...
but still scared. Rikki defeated both snakes. The
garden dwellers lived happily ever after
under the protection of the Great Rikki
Tikki Tavi. The story and my presentation are very
different from each other.
But one of the very few things are the same: You learn a very important lesson from each. In the story, you learn that bravery an courage make the man (and woman) You shouldn't just stick out your chest, just
try being modest. In my presentation, you notice that
judging a book by its cover usually
has a different outcome than you expect. And you might say: WHAT DOYOU
MEAN BY THAT??? And I'm going to say: the author
gave Nag an interesting outlook
by saying he was evil.
Therefore, you looked at him as though
he was evil. The perspective that the person who
wrote the book might say: "Jack kicked Jacob
in the leg and Billy helped him up." You'd think Jack was bad. But if the author were to say: "Jack kicked the bully
in the leg for making fun of his sister, and the bully's friend,
Billy, helped him up." Do you see the different perspectives? CREDITS: Kipling, Rudyard "Rikki Tikki Tavi" New York, Copyrighted 2005 11 pages used Elements of Literature Special Thanks to: Polyphemus (Our Special guest!) Lewis, Mack Scope Reader The Monster in the Cave Jefferson City, Missouri 2012 Kipling Ms. Samsky