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(Anti-)Anthropocentric Perspectives in Tarzan
Ekky Imanjaya, Adilla Amelia

Last modified: 2021-06-10


Animated films can be read not only as entertainment but also as vehicle to reveal social, cultural, as well as environmental issues.  One of ecological problems is the bias of anthropocentric perspectives which exclude and underestimate nonhuman agents such as animals from the consideration of their policy making and other significant actions.  In this worldview, instead of treating NHA as part of stakeholders, humans think that they are allowed to exploit NHA and the environment for their own benefits. This such of approach would threaten biospheric harmony. In this paper, Tarzan (1999) will be analysed to find out whether the movie has anthropocentric perspective, or the other way around? Or, both? The film is ideal since there are at least two kinds of human representations within the story. The first one is Tarzan, the main character, which was nurtured by and has strong relation with the nature and oblivious about modern civilization until he met England explorers when he became an adult. On the other hand, there was Clayton, a hunter scout who disrespected the jungle and its dwellers. A textual analysis will be applied. A close reading towards the movie will be undertaken to answer the research questions.


Anthropocentrism, Antropocene, Tarzan, Nonhuman Agents