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Tarzan Of The Apes Essay

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I just finished reading Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs and I must say that I enjoyed the story very much. Tarzan shows the reader that you can overcome many obstacles. One of the biggest obstacles in the book is the racial tension that is present, the black apes versus Tarzan the white man. We can sort of parallel this to how blacks are treated in today?s society. This story also reminds me of a theory my father told me about since we have arrived here in America. That theory is Social Darwinism which is all about the idea of survival of the fittest and how only the strong survive no matter what your situation or setting is.When Kala took Tarzan in as a baby and nursed him and loved him, she did not get immediate approval to do so. Other apes did not think that she was making a logical decision. Her own husband Kerchak, who was the leader of the ape family, disagreed with her on making Tarzan part of the ape clan. Kala lost her real son as an infant though, and really wanted to care for a young child and raise it as one of her own. Over time many apes just saw Tarzan as one of their own kind, another member of the tribe, but Kerchak never did. Tarzan actually ends up killing Kerchak in a fight and becomes the new leader of the group of apes. He gains admiration and respect from nearly all creatures in the jungle, and he did this as the ?hairless wonder.? Even though Tarzan didn?t fit in with the rest of his group based on appearance, he was still able to become a leader.In my new country, which is nicknamed the land of the free, I notice that not everyone is treated with equality. A reason my family left Italy was to escape the religious persecution we were under, and I come here and see that not everyone is treated fairly. I thought I had it bad when I first arrived being an immigrant and all, but as time goes by I like it here more and more. However I notice that a group of people have not been treated equally since I arrived up until now. The group I am talking about is black people. Black people have separate water fountains, benches, train cars and many other things. They are separated from the white people, and this is perfectly legal even though America?s Declaration of Independence reads that all men are created equal. There are signs that read ?colored only? meaning that?s where the black people can go. They are supposed to be in the same condition as the ?white only? objects but they are not. The conditions are much worse and worn down, and not as clean. On top of all that they are not allowed to sit in the front of a bus if a white person wants to sit where they are sitting. It?s as if the black people are all ?Tarzans?, and the white people are the ?Kerchaks? who do not want this group mixed in with their own. They are only seeing the color of skin and nothing more. If they gave blacks a chance, I believe many white people could experience the relationship of caring and loving that Kala and Tarzan had with each other even though they...

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