The Tiger Who Would Be King by James Thurber

Topics: Lion, Tiger, Leopard Pages: 1 (262 words) Published: December 25, 2011
In this story, the tiger is depicted as being selfish. He seeks for his self-interest even though his actions finally make other people in trouble or even die. He does not care for common well-being or general welfare. For example, the tiger wants to be "king of the beasts" so that he battles the current king, Lion, which leads to a confusing battle of all the creatures in the jungle. The tiger is imaginative. From the passage, the tiger even imagines that the moon will be "yellow" with "stripes" in his honor. The tiger is greedy for power. The tiger is proud of himself. He also is arrogant. According to the passage, the tiger said that "I'll be king of beasts by the time the moon rises" and "It will be a yellow moon with stripes in my honor." Moreover, the tiger has subjective thought. According to the passage, the tiger said that “We need a change," and "The creatures are crying for a change." In reality, there was no one crying. The reader can see from “The tigress listened but she could hear no crying, except that of her cubs.” However, the tiger is self-confident and brave. The tiger then goes to the lion's den and demands him to come out and "greet the king of beasts!"According to the passage, the tiger prowled through the jungle till he came to the lion's den. He roared that "Come out," and "and greet the king of beasts! The king is dead, long live the king!"
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