Tarzan of the Apes

Jacob St. Hilaire
Ms. Fitt
A.P. English
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tarzan of the Apes
A group of happy bull apes and a crazy man named Clayton are the first things that pop into the mind when someone hears the word Tarzan.   These are all because of the Disney movie, yet in actuality the story of Tarzan is quite different.   It is a story of love, struggle, violence, and nobility.
Tarzan of the Apes was written by Edgar Rice Burroughs.   Edgar Rice Burroughs was born on September 1, 1875 to Major George Tyler Burroughs and Mary Evaline (Zieger) Burroughs.   His education consisted of high school in Chicago and college at Phillips Academy and Michigan Military Academy.   He attempted to get into West Point, but he failed the entrance exam.   Burroughs decided to enlist with the 7th U.S. Cavalry, but was diagnosed with a heart problem and was discharged in 1897.   He married Emma Centennia Hulbert on January 1, 1900.   They had three children.   In 1911, Edgar Burroughs decided to write fiction.   His initial writings went to pulp fiction magazines which he commented “if people were paid for writing such rot as I read in some of those magazines, that I could write stories just as rotten.” (Wikipedia)   His first story was “Under the Moons of Mars” and he was paid $400.   He published Tarzan of the Apes on October 1912 and then re-released it as a book in 1914.   He decided to capitalize on Tarzan and went on to write 2 dozen sequals.   In 1923, Burroughs divorced 1934 and married Florence Gilbert Dearholt in 1935.   They divorced in 1942.   Edgar Rice Burroughs died at the age of 74 of a heart attack, on March 19, 1950.*
Tarzan of the Apes is an adventure novel.   An adventure novel is a novel that has “an exciting undertaking involving risk and physical danger, as its main theme” (Wikipedia)   Tarzan of the Apes meets these requirements rather well, it involved many intense fight scenes, many in which Tarzan nearly enters the Jaws of death.   “Like two charging bulls they...