A Tiger for Malgudi Themes & Motifs

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Nature

A Tiger for Malgudi is deeply concerned with nature as a theme, not as a state that is opposed to civilization or as a place (or set of places) opposed to cities and towns, but rather as an untamed aspect of all people, personalities, and things. Raja's youth spent in the jungles of Mempi Range represent his wildest and most "natural" state, as he obeys his instincts and impulses and rarely thinks before acting. Yet we see the same impulsive behavior in other characters later in the novel. Jaggu, when he is in fear of the tiger despite there being a cage between them, is similarly being ruled by his natural impulses, and does not listen to Madan's voice of reason. The townsfolk of Malgudi also respond to the tiger with a fear that, as the Master shows, is ultimately irrational — Raja means them no harm...

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