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Racist Allegory in "Tarzan of the Apes"

Summary: In "Tarzan of the Apes" by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan's journey is an allegory of man's rise in evolution from apes to blacks to lower-class whites to higher-class white male Europeans.
In Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs uses an allegory to enable readers to subliminally believe that the white race is the most dominant race in the world due to their evolution. Burroughs uses two basic ways to illustrate the white race is the supreme race in the colonial world. His first way to make readers believe in white supremacy, is by getting them to believe that technology is a measure of evolution. Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny is Burroughs second way to subtly make readers accept his thoughts on race.

From the 1800's to today the world has associated technology as being a measure of evolution. Typically the individuals with the highest quality guns or ships were thought of as stronger and more advanced. Another belief is that technology is what sets humans apart from animals, in turn making us more evolved. Europe...

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