She, her father, and others of their party are marooned on the same coastal jungle area where Tarzan's biological parents were twenty years earlier. When Jane returns to the United States, Tarzan leaves the jungle in search of her, his one true love. In, Tarzan and Jane marry. In later books he lives with her for a time in England. They have one son, Jack, who takes the ape name ('the Killer'). Tarzan is contemptuous of what he sees as the hypocrisy of civilization, and he and Jane return to Africa, making their home on an extensive estate that becomes a base for Tarzan's later adventures. As revealed in, Tarzan, Jane, Tarzan's monkey friend Nkima, and their allies gained some of the Kavuru's pills that grant immortality to its consumer.
Characterization [ ]. Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli was a likely influence on Tarzan, including his ease with non-human primates Burroughs created an elegant version of the wild man figure largely unalloyed with character flaws or faults. Tarzan is described as being tall, athletic, handsome, and tanned, with grey eyes and long black hair.
He wears almost no clothes, except for a loincloth. Emotionally, he is courageous, intelligent, loyal, and steadfast. He is presented as behaving ethically in most situations, except when seeking vengeance under the motivation of grief, as when his ape mother Kala is killed in Tarzan of the Apes, or when he believes Jane has been murdered in Tarzan the Untamed.
He is deeply in love with his wife and totally devoted to her; in numerous situations where other women express their attraction to him, Tarzan politely but firmly declines their attentions. When presented with a situation where a weaker individual or party is being preyed upon by a stronger foe, Tarzan invariably takes the side of the weaker party. In dealing with other men, Tarzan is firm and forceful. With male friends, he is reserved but deeply loyal and generous. As a host, he is, likewise, generous and gracious. As a leader, he commands devoted loyalty.
In keeping with these noble characteristics, Tarzan's philosophy embraces an extreme form of 'return to nature'. Although he is able to pass within society as a civilized individual, he prefers to 'strip off the thin veneer of civilization', as Burroughs often puts it. His preferred dress is a knife and a of animal hide, his preferred abode is any convenient tree branch when he desires to sleep, and his favored food is raw meat, killed by himself; even better if he is able to bury it a week so that has had a chance to tenderize it a bit. Tarzan's philosophy was absorbed by countless fans, amongst whom was, who describes the Tarzan series as having a major influence on her childhood. She states that she felt she would be a much better spouse for Tarzan than his fictional wife, Jane, and that when she first began to live among and study the she was fulfilling her childhood dream of living among the great apes just as Tarzan did.
's has been cited as a major influence on Edgar Rice Burroughs' creation of Tarzan. Mowgli was also an influence for a number of other characters. Skills and abilities [ ]. Tarzan's agility, speed, and strength allow him to kill a Leopard in 1921's. Tarzan's jungle upbringing gives him abilities far beyond those of ordinary humans.