Tarzan of the Apes | Study Guide

Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Narrator, Chapter 27 en were indeed more foolish and more cruel than the beasts of the jungle! Burroughs turned to writing after a string of failed careers that included selling cattle, gold mining, and office and retail management. Though his work included everything from westerns to detective stories, Burroughs is forever linked to his most famous creation, Tarzan, lord of the apes. Author EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS1875–1950 English aristocrat raised in an African jungle Tarzan Well-to-do, jealous Englishman Cecil Clayton Tarzan of the Apes Brave, independent American Jane Porter English lord stranded in Africa John Clayton Maternal African ape Kala Scatterbrained academic Professor Porter SUITOR ROMANTIC INTEREST BIOLOGICAL FATHER FRIENDS ADOPTIVE MOTHER ROMANTIC RIVALS FRIENDS FATHER Brave French naval officer Lieutenant D’Arnot Main Characters White Superiority The racist belief that white Westerners are more evolved than Africans shapes the story’s ideas. Masculinity Tarzan’s fearlessness, intelligence, and strength make him the masculine ideal. Nature vs. Nurture The combination of Tarzan’s ancestry and his jungle upbringing allows him to thrive in the wild. Identity The mystery of his heritage causes Tarzan to question who—and what—he is. Books in the Tarzan series 24 Acres in Tarzana, Burroughs’s California ranch 550 Tarzan of the Apesby the Numbers Times the words “Me Tarzan, you Jane” appear in the Tarzan novels 0 Amount Burroughs was paid in 1911 for his first pulp magazine story, “Under the Moons of Mars” $400 Motifs Race The novel’s emphasis on skin color represents prevalent beliefs about white superiority at the time. Romance Tarzan and Jane’s primal attraction highlights Tarzan’s innate masculinity. Cannibalism Eating one’s own species represents one's low status in the evolutionary hierarchy. Rooted in the adventure-filled pulp magazines of the early 20th century, Tarzan is the story of an orphaned English aristocrat raised by a tribe of African apes. His transformation from wild jungle primate to chivalrous gentleman raises questions of identity, masculinity, and race while exploring what it means to be human. From Ape to Gentleman THEMES Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 English Author Year Published Original Language Tarzan of the Apes Novel Adventure Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, New York Times, Vanity Fair Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc.

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