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    Question Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan: Friend or Foe?

    So I was wondering, How do you folks feel about Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan?

    On one hand, Tarzan perfectly exemplifies the noble savage. His oneness and respect for nature and the environment and his will and courage to defend it can be seen as positive traits.

    On the other hand, Tarzan is a white man who was raised by apes and constantly has to fight off the evil white men. The conclusions one could draw from that are obvious.

    What are your thoughts on this?

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    Tarzan reflects the ambiguity towards white global supremacy that were current at the time. White people (like Tarzan himself) were seen as superior but also destroying noble savages and their environments. Tarzan turns his superiority to saving his world from intruders, he is a conservationist.

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