Edgar Rice Burroughs "Tarzan Of The Apes" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Edgar Rice Burroughs "Tarzan Of The Apes"
Examines this 1912 novel's setting, protagonist, Romantic viewpoint, nature vs. civilization and morality.
# 14150 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 1999 | US
Published on Feb 06, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)


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"Edgar Rice Burroughs created the best-known African hero in Tarzan, first seen in the novel Tarzan of the Apes in 1912. Tarzan is a white man who was lost in the jungle as a child and raised among the animals. From one point of view, he is more animal than human himself because he is not "civilized," but from another point of view, he is closer to nature than the average man and so more natural himself. Burroughs follows certain literary traditions of the nineteenth century regarding the goodness of nature, the special role of the natural man, and the particular importance and virtue of the noble savage when compared to the corruption of the "civilized" man. The representation of nature in the novel is Romantic in tone, and Burroughs has clearly adapted the romantic idea of nature and of the need for the natural man to be at one with the natural world."

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