Tarzan of the Apes Essay & Project Ideas

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1. Read Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book (1894). How does Mowgli's upbringing in the wild compare to Tarzan's?

2. View the 1984 film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, which is available on videotape. How does it compare to Burroughs's original work? If you can find one of the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films, view it also. How does it compare to Burroughs's work? To Greystoke?

3. Burroughs wrote twenty-four novels about Tarzan. Read one of the Tarzan books that was published after 1940, and compare the characterization of Tarzan in the later work with that of Tarzan of the Apes.

4. Read one of Burroughs's books about Barsoom, or Mars. Is John Carter, the hero of this series, at all similar to Tarzan? In what ways does the Martian environment resemble the jungle of the Tarzan books?

5. The two strongest female presences in Tarzan of the Apes are Kala, Tarzan's...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Tarzan of the Apes from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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