bring out the irony in the story the tiger king????
The story is a satire on the conceit of those in power. The king is known to be an extremely conceited person right from the beginning. As a ten-day-old infant, he pronounced the words, Let tigers beware! By challenging the astrologers prediction, he also challenges his death. Moreover, killing seventy tigers within a period of ten years and bringing the entire species close to extinction, marrying for the convenience of killing more tigers, exercising his authority to punish or tax people according to his whims and fancies, flaunting his power and richness in sending about fifty rings to the British officers lady or paying a bill of three lakh rupees, having a temper that would make other people lose their job or even life etc., are all part of this conceit. He does nothing for the sake of his people in the capacity of a king. All this has been highlighted in the story using humour, irony and exaggeration.
kalki has mae a vry dexterous use of dramatic irony in the story. After killing the first tiger the king flaunts itz dead body before the astrology to show that he is more powerful than the tiger. Howevr the astrologer warns the king that the he should be "careful with the hundredth tiger." The king chooses to prove the astrologer wrong once again and makes frantic efforts to kill hundredh tiger.
But the reader as well as the king's officers and minions soon come to know that the emaciated tiger does not get killed, but only faints. Howevr , basking in his glory of having disproved the prediction, the king is ignorant of what lies in his futur. A mere sliver on the wooden tiger's body causes his dramatic death. Quite ironically the hundredth tiger 'kills' the king instead and the astrologer's predictions stand vindicated. both the reader and the author leave a sigh of reief at the death of a cruel king.
thus, through the powerful use of dramatic irony, kalki satirizes the powers that be who refuse to take 'no' for anythng and whose whims and fancies are law unto their subjects. That the people in power are coceited and insincere is more than proved by the eccentric behaviour of the tiger king who goes out on a hunting spree and kills one hundred tigers just to disprove an atrologer's prediction about his death and to prove his bravery and fearlessness.