"The Jungle Book" By Rudyard Kipling. Shows The Relevance Of The Children's Stories To Adults

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Children's stories are juvenile tales that can only be read by children or others with child-like minds. They are solely for entertainment and they should not be read by adults. This is how a lot of people envision children's stories. This vision is completely false. Many children's stories deal with adult matters. The real difference is the author is skillful enough to be able to simplify it and put it into terms easy enough for a child to understand. One author who is known for this is Rudyard Kipling. He has written many short stories in his life. The Jungle Book, The Second Jungle Book, and the Just So Stories are all great collections of some of the best children's stories ever written. Rudyard Kipling was very skilled in four literary devices that appear in almost everyone of his children's stories. These devices are regionalism, personification, allegory, and parables. Rudyard Kipling skillfully uses these common devices to teach a lesson and transport the reader from his or her world into a world where animals rule and law prevails.Kipling developed these skills through long years of writing short stories and novels. His life lessons mirror many of the lessons in his children's stories. His family'sByrne 2deep roots in the arts are directly responsible for his broad base of knowledge in literature.Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1965 in Bombay, India. His father, John Lockwood Kipling, had moved there for a job as an art teacher at the Bombay School of Art. His mother, Alice (Macdonald), was the daughter of a Methodist minister and her family was well known in England for their talents in art and literature. When Kipling was six years old his parents sent him to England for schooling. This practice was customary for English people who lived in India. They sent their children back to England to get out of the heat and deadly diseases of the colony. While in England, he boarded with a retired sea captain and his deeply religious wife. They treated Kipling quite poorly and beat him. They neglected his health and bullied him most of the time. In his short story 'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep' he recounts his feelings from this time. In 1877, his parents finally rescued him while visiting England. When Kipling was 12 years old he went to the United Services College in Devonshire. This school was an affordable school for mostly sons of Army men. While at this school he truly discovered his love for reading and writing. He became the editor of the School Journal. Kipling's Stalkey and Co. (1899) is based on his experiences at this school (Buckley, 476).Kipling was unable to attend college because of lack of money so he went back to India in 1882. While in India Kipling wrote for Civil and Military Gazette in the north-western city of Lahore. Kipling appreciated his first taste of success while writing here. His stories were largely read and the paper often printed his poems which wereByrne 3collected in 1886 in Departmental Ditties. Kipling...

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