Tarzan of the Apes

This is a simple word cloud of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan of the Apes:

[openbook]978-1593082277[/openbook]

tarzan  little  clayton  great  jungle  before  d’arnot  jane  back  about  cabin  mr  toward  porter  professor  saw  again  time  philander  eyes  strange  know  first  here  though  never  old  turned  many  after  black  forest  left  hand  own  thought  day  knew  beneath  body  head  see  young  life  long  found  most  girl  lay  village  face  tribe  wild  away  tree  until  ape  down  must  seen  far  within  door  white  few  much  esmeralda  savage  above  once  dead  mighty  ground  stood  side  last  trees  apes  cried  thing  among  moment  took  hands  new  off  without  almost  beast  huge  alone  close  just  tut  canler  nor  way  knife  small  

I found this story to have quite a number of similarities with James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans. The central character in both was super human. Both includes some sort of wilderness. In the Last of the Mohicans it was the forest. In Tarzan it was the jungle. In both cases the wilderness was inhabited by savages. Indians, apes, or pirates. Both included damsels in distress who were treated in a rather Victorian manner and were sought after by an unwanted lover. Both included characters with little common sense. David and Professor Porter.

I found Tarzan much more readable and story-like compared to the Last of the Mohicans. It can really be divided into two parts. The first half is a character development. Who is Tarzan, and how did he becomes who he is. The second half is a love story, more or less, where Tarzan pursues his love. I found it rather distasteful that Tarzan was a man of “breeding“. I don’t think people are to bred like animals.