Ape and Essence Themes

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Humanity & Lack Thereof

One of the most important and most obvious themes that is explored in "Ape and Essence" is that of humanity and the lack thereof. To begin with, in "Tallis," the sightseers show a lack of humanity by being more interested in their picnic baskets than the fact that Gandhi has been assassinated. The narrator thinks about the tyranny held up as the idea form of government in the Republic which leads to ignoring individuals' rights and Gandhi's murder. The narrator believes Gandhi was killed because he was a revolutionary who only believed in people. Gandhi got involved in nationalism with the hope to convert the satanic in the State into something like humanity, but nationalism proved too much for him as the dream of the Order begets tyranny. Gandhi was killed because after briefly playing the political game, he refused to continue dreaming of a national...

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