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Accoding to the astrologer’s prediction, the Tiger king would die in the hands of a tiger because he was born in the hour of the bull. He also predicted that the king would kill ninety nine tigers. The killing of the hundredth tiger would pose life threatening for the Tiger king. The king banned hunting of tigers in the state of Pratibandapuram. Nobody else except the king could hunt tigers, not even any British hunter. The obsessed king cunningly bribed the British officer’s wife with fifty diamond rings to avoid hindrance from the British officer. When all tigers of Pratibandapuram were killed, the king married the neighbouring province’s lady as an alliance to get hold of more thirty tigers which were left to be hunted. The marriage was merely a way to fulfil his target. Now, ninety nine tigers were killed and there was not a single tiger left. The deewan was summoned and ordered to bring the hundredth tiger from anywhere he could. Fearing loss of his job, the deewan captured a frail tiger from the zoo and freed it in the jungle for the king to hunt. The piercing gun-shot caused the frail tiger to faint without killing the tiger. The king did not learn the truth, and thought he had killed hundred tigers. The deewan fearing future trouble shot the fainted tiger. Years later, when the king gifted his three year old son a wooden tiger sculpture sculpted by an unskilled craftsman, a rough wooden edge pierced the king’s right hand causing severe infection. This led to the king’s death. Thus, the king did die because of the hundredth tiger, though not a real one. It can be rightly concluded that the king’s quest for tigers was filled with challenges and hurdles.
Both Mr. Lamb and Derry are handicapped but very different and opposite in their perspectives. Derry is an introvert, does not interact much with people and prefers to stay alone. Whereas, Mr. Lamb is an extrovert with optimistic views. He enjoys interacting with people and making new friends. Mr. Lamb faces all obstacles in life with a smile. He does not let his weakness overpower his valuable strengths.
It is evident that though Derry and Mr. Lamb were physically impaired, their outlooks were opposite. Introvert fourteen years old Derry is miserable because half his face is burnt. He feels dejected, considers people around him as his enemy and hates people’s sympathies. His cynical behaviour and bad experiences fills Derry with negativity. On the other hand, Mr. Lamb does not allow his disability to ruin his mental peace and happiness. He is full of hope and shows contrast behaviour as compared to Derry. Therefore, it can be rightly said that Mr. Lamb and Derry were both disabled yet as different as the two sides of a coin.
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