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after reading the graveyard book I tried seeing which characters lined up with those in the jungle book. herse what ive got so far:
(please forgive my spelling on the character names, i do not have my book on hand)

bod- mowgli
mr and mrs owens- the wolves
silas- the bear
Ms lupescru- the panther
the ghouls- the monkeys
girls name who i'm drawing a blank on- the elephant
antique trader- the snake
Jack- the tiger

whats bothering me is the witch, i cant think who she could possibly be, assuming she was meant to be a version of anyone from the jungle book at all.

any other ideas?
 
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i always thought it was more taking the idea of 'being brought up by' than specific characters, although i can see the analogy of your links.

and did mowgli not fall in love with a human girl and return to his village, i'd say perhaps the witch could be the human girl?


however, thank you for bring this up because it's tempted me to look through the book again - and now i need to read it again...one more to the reading list dear friends, one more....


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I confess, I never read the Jungle Book. *puts that on my list*


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I wasnt positive that thats what neil was doing, i mean, i assumed bod would be mowgli, but after reading about the ghouls passing him around and carrying him off to their kingdom, i noticed they were a lot like the monkeys and just had fun seeing who else could line up for the rest of the book.

The witch being the human girl is a good guess, i'd forgotten all about her.
 
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it fits with the falling in love, but the witch was one of the dead, and not his reason to go home...


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I prefer to live in a country that's small, and old, and where no one would ever have the NERVE to wear a cape in public, whether they could leap tall buildings in a single bound or not.

the parrot... ...gets tiresome.
the parrot... ...i ate him.


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thats true, hmmm. i wonder if there is someone in the jungle book that mowgli helps in a similar way to how bod helps her by giving her a headstone...
 
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The Sleer - The White Cobra


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I agree that there are distinct parallels, but I disagree with some of your assessment.

I agree that-
Bod = Mowgli
Jack = Shere Kahn
The Dead = The Wolves
The Ghouls = The Bandar-Log

But as for the others, I disagree, and I think that's due to you basing your opinion on the Disney movie, rather than the book, which I'd wager Neil is familiar with...

Silas = Bagheera (The panther was Mowgli's protector and mentor, and was more likely to spoil him than his other two teachers.)

Ms. Lupescu - Baloo (The bear is Mowgli's teacher. While Bagheera offers advice and guidance, Baloo teaches lessons, and is more inclined to give Mowgli a smack on the head.)

Kaa the snake has elements of himself in Ms. Lupescu and Liza. Ms Lupescu because she rescues Bod fromt he ghouls/Monkeys, and Liza as she uses her special talents to help Bod escape a danger. (Kaa is a good guy in the book.)

Other analogues are Chil the Kite, who is represented by the Nightgaunt (Mogwgli calls to Chil in his own language when being kidnapped by monkeys, and Chil fetches Kaa), Hathi the elephant, and Akela the lead wolf, are represented by the Gaius Pompeiius. The Sleer is the White Cobra, who uards a treasure, but Mowgli realizes it has no venom left.

More later if I think of any.
 
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I tried not to read too much into Graveyard Book because I think the similarities to Jungle Book were supposed to be flattering not mirror. Did anyone read the article in SLJ?


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Originally posted by EmmyShimmy:
I think the similarities to Jungle Book were supposed to be flattering not mirror.


Mowgli took the White Cobra's treasure, and two other men took it from him and killed each other over their desire to possess it. Mowgli then returned it to the cobra, who smugly noted that it always comes back. Straight-up mirror.
 
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Congratulations you proved someone wrong on the internet. Nonetheless I think the rethink of the story through The Graveyard Book was creative.


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I think that some of it will parallel closely, and some of it won't. no need to get huffy, guys. Smile


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Agreed. I made a point of rereading The Jungle Book immediately before reading The Graveyard Book and it really enhanced the experience.

Until the end I really thought Scarlett was going to be the human girl.

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