News from the Natural World: Shere Khan is set to play the good guy in a new version of 'The Jungle Book'.
News from the Natural World: Shere Khan is set to play the good guy in a new version of ‘The Jungle Book’. The Shere Khan of Rudyard Kipling’s famous story ‘The Jungle Book’ is a thrilling yet complex character. He is arguably the most tigery tiger of all literary machinations. He is a fierce hunter, terror of the jungle, and proud and arrogant too. Furthermore, he is on a merciless quest to kill, and young Mowgli is about stray into his sight! He is something that needs to be tamed. For much of the film he acts as a metaphor for mans dominion over nature. Many critics within the animal kingdom have long argued that Shere Khan is wrongly portrayed. They say the incarnation does not do justice to Tigers all over the world. Finally the time has come for a change. The animal kingdoms most famous literary and film critics have all spoken out about the portrayal of Shere Khan. Terry Eagle, Badger Ebert and even Lionard Maltin have all weighed in and demanded that ‘The Jungle Book’ change its depiction of the king of the forest, the Tiger. They argued that the dark heart of the natural world belonged to mankind not to the Tiger. In addition they said that Shere Khan was the true hero of the story. He was the image of the wild, of the untamed and untainted. He alone stood against the coming tide of destruction and greed of the human villagers.