The Jungle Book | Study Guide

Rudyard Kipling

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The Jungle Book | Chapter 2 : Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack | Summary



This song is about the way the wolf pack hunts together for deer. One wolf scouts for the deer and returns to the pack to report his or her findings. Then the pack follows the trail of the deer, and one of the wolves goes in for the kill. The wolves leave no trace behind as the hunt is carried out. The spoils of the hunt are shared with the pack that hunted together.


This song expresses the theme of laws and obedience, which keeps a wolf pack going strong. If the wolves all hunted only for themselves, they would end up fighting with each other, but as animals who live in a community, they stick together, hunting for all. They also use all of what they have killed, which shows their respect for the hunt, an act of violence on another animal.

In a successful pack every wolf has a distinct role and a job to do. In the preceding story Mowgli does his best to follow the Law of the Jungle as well as the rules of the pack, and this song symbolizes the success of a pack in staying functional and healthy.

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