2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Tarzan, Man of the Jungle: Character Relationships, Music, and Deforestation

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Molly Latin, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library 1st floor

Abstract

Disney’s Tarzan (1999) displays diverse historical entities, unseen at first glance. Tarzan the film, as well as its predecessor, stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs, intertwines the world of man and wild in distinct character interactions. It begins to tell a story of the historical context relating deforestation to the behaviors of animals in natural habitats. Drawing from historical conclusions of the relationship between society and conservation of nature, it is crucial now more than ever that people understand the globally interconnected world around them (Brewer, 2000). Tarzan also demonstrates musical themes of love and loyalty that are simply unable to be expressed by any other lyrical introductions. As seen in the poetic virtue of a soundtrack by Phil Collins, themes such as two worlds becoming one, and the sameness of unlike species come directly from the lyrics (Lima and Buck, 1999). Tarzan relates exploration of the environment and true love in a wonderfully diverse timeline. The film touches on social issues centered on deforestation, and the negative effects of habitat removal. Tarzan is a carefully developed Disney film demonstrating adversity through the dynamic interactions across the character spectrum, music that carries emotional themes, the authenticity of its environmentally historical background, and the critical implant of deforestation. The purpose of this paper is to analyze deforestation in history, attend to the soft sounds of love in musical themes, and develop understanding of the importance of inter-character relations between man and wild.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

4-7-2015 10:15 AM

Panel

A Deeper Look at Disney

Panel Moderator

Scott Edgar

Field of Study for Presentation

American Studies, Cinema Studies, Music

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Tarzan, Man of the Jungle: Character Relationships, Music, and Deforestation

Library 1st floor

Disney’s Tarzan (1999) displays diverse historical entities, unseen at first glance. Tarzan the film, as well as its predecessor, stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs, intertwines the world of man and wild in distinct character interactions. It begins to tell a story of the historical context relating deforestation to the behaviors of animals in natural habitats. Drawing from historical conclusions of the relationship between society and conservation of nature, it is crucial now more than ever that people understand the globally interconnected world around them (Brewer, 2000). Tarzan also demonstrates musical themes of love and loyalty that are simply unable to be expressed by any other lyrical introductions. As seen in the poetic virtue of a soundtrack by Phil Collins, themes such as two worlds becoming one, and the sameness of unlike species come directly from the lyrics (Lima and Buck, 1999). Tarzan relates exploration of the environment and true love in a wonderfully diverse timeline. The film touches on social issues centered on deforestation, and the negative effects of habitat removal. Tarzan is a carefully developed Disney film demonstrating adversity through the dynamic interactions across the character spectrum, music that carries emotional themes, the authenticity of its environmentally historical background, and the critical implant of deforestation. The purpose of this paper is to analyze deforestation in history, attend to the soft sounds of love in musical themes, and develop understanding of the importance of inter-character relations between man and wild.