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…
As a reader, now I know how the chimpanzees live, how they think and what they do, even if I never had the chance to see one form life. The last efficient tool used by the writer to capture the attention of the reader and involve him into her own emotion is the use of the public resonance, which means the change of subject from I ("I had looked through such a window as a chimpanzee might know") (Goodall 110) to We ("Since we cannot know with the mind of a chimpanzee we must proceed laboriously, meticulously") (Goodall 110). In this way she evokes not just sympathy but also empathy in the reader who feels directly involved in the words of the writer and identifies himself completely in the narration. If Goodall's goal was to make the reader understand her life and the habitat of the chimpanzees, I can say that she successfully achieved it. Indeed, when I finished to read her reporter I could completely understand her point of view and I felt like I've really lived that experience. I could identity myself with Jane Goodall, which is the greatest achievement of a

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