The Gentle Ape Chapter Analysis

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Chapter 10 “The Gentle Ape”, begins with the authors embarking on a new journey, flying into a territory for the first time. The first remark that was made on this small village, Djolu, was the clinic for pregnant women. The author spent a good amount of the first few pages painting a picture for the readers; explaining the airstrips, churches, and plantations, metal roofs, strips of houses and big huts. While the authors are describing this village and its surroundings, the readers may feel a sense of warmth, simplicity and peace. This seems as if the readers are expected to understand paradise, which the book has been pondering and searching for during the majority of the book; which has been stated numerous times that does not exist. But …show more content…
It was found that the skull of a chimpanzee was smaller than the normal skull, in results finding a new form of the chimpanzee. This discovery was the explanation for the bonobos; the closest primate to the Homo sapien. It was also explained in the text that the reason it took this long for bonobos to be found is because they were so similar to chimpanzees. The text then introduces Robert Yerkes to the readers, an author of “The Great Apes and Chimpanzees” and founder of the worlds most important primate research center. It was noted during the studies, the different temperaments between the male and female chimpanzees in this center. Yerkes had a pet of his own, a one of a kind chimpanzee which was questioned of its breed, since it may have been a bonobo. While describing the bonobo, it is said in the text that this strand of chimpanzee is slender, smaller, longer legs and arms, parted hair in the center, with small teeth and mouths, and darker faces. It is noted that these chimpanzees have very distinct and clear differences from all of their primate cousins. The text then begins to explain the life style …show more content…
The bonobos also have less community boundaries, the same physical sizes between males and females, larger community sizes and they also live with their close to kin while defending their territories against outsiders, instead of searching for a battle. An interesting point that is made on page 205 is that the ranking of the community members does not regulate on sex, as all of the other primitive families have done. The ranking of a member in the bonobo community relied on who they were. With this being said, the gender roles of aggression and leadership are ruled out, relying primarily on characteristics and personal traits. Bonobos are not much different than chimpanzees in their physical stature and their life styles, so why are they less aggressive than their chimpanzee cousins? This question leads the readers into the depths of the bonobo community, giving them a closer look to their ancient ancestors. An important story that was told on page 205-206 was the encounter of Ude in 1982. The documentation tells the readers of an incident

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