Analysis Of In The Shadow Of Man

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In The Shadow Of Man is a book written by the famous anthropologist Jane Goodall, about her interactions and observations of the chimpanzee community in the Gombe area of Tanzania. In the book, you read about the many chimps within that community, among them are Flo, David Greybeard, etc. The book depicts the many different social interactions and seizures and loss of power among the community. The book also delves into the person lives of the chimps, helping the reader to better understand this community from the viewpoint that every chimp proves to be unique as individuals and members of the rather complex social structure of the Gombe region. Among which are the many growing and active families that make the book truly interesting. The most prominent family that Jane mentioned throughout In The Shadow Of Man was that of Flo and her children. Her children included that of Figan, Faben, Fifi, Flint and for a short time Flame. Flint, the youngest chimp to survive, had a long going dependency on his mother, while a young male chimp may stay with their mother during their couple years, they eventually become more independent as time passes. Flint…show more content…
As Jane states in the book, a father “apart from his necessary contribution to the conception of a child, plays no farther part in its development.” In the Gombe community, it seems that the role of father is taken up by the mother, as she is nearly entirely responsible for a child’s well-being. However, males don’t appear to have any malicious intent with their absence as adult males can be seen playing and grooming with children. Nor do males appear to be aware of who their children are, as females tend to mate with a majority of the males within the community. Chimps are very social creatures, so where in there is no father there is an intense amount of social interaction with chimps and their
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