Critical analysis of Jane Goodall's essay "Gombe"

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Critical analysis of Jane Goodall's essay "Gombe" "If only we could, however briefly, see the world through the eyes of a chimpanzee, what a lot we should learn" (Goodall 110). With this quote, Jane summarizes her love for primates and it's from this sentence, written towards the end of the essay, that the reader can understand the authentic devotion that Jane has put into her studies. Jane Goodall, indeed, spent most of her life studying the habitat and unique social structure of chimpanzees since 1960-61. Researcher of primatology, Jane spent days living with the chimpanzees in order to study and understand the most important and interesting elements of their species through their everyday life. All those narrations and descriptions …show more content…
The reason that led Goodall to organize her essay as a diary is her will to create a subtle and intimate relationship with the reader. In fact in this way she lets the reader to immerse deeply into her words and feelings up to the point of looking at the story with the same eyes of the writer. The successful organization of her essay as a diary also allows her to communicate her scientific research to the reader in a narrative way, giving scientific information and data in a very fluent way. Closely linked to the Goodall's decision of writing her reportage in a diary format is her impressive skill of expressing details. In fact she describes meticulously and carefully what surrounds her, emphasizing the details that help strengthen her essay's authenticity and ensure that she successfully conveys her message.
Personally I've been really impressed by the description of the moment just after the rainstorm. In only one paragraph the writer expressed all five senses from the herd of the birds to scents of the fruit, wet bark, the damp odor of chimpanzee hair and so on. Through her descriptive writing the view of the morning dew becomes a net of diamonds lit by a "pale watery sun" and the birds' twitter is compared to a feathered symphony.
At first glance Goodall's essay can be interpreted just as a story full of details, but after reading it the second time the reader realizes that these details are fundamental to

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