Jane Goodall Symbolism

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Since Jane Goodall was young, she always seemed to have a connection with animals. Dale states, from her earliest years, this child loved solitude. She also loved her friends and family, but to an exceptional degree she treasured being by herself. Her rich interior world sufficed, with visions...of animals as friends. They were friends with feathers or fur, nonberbal friends, friends often with four leges and quiet ways but also with a surface quickness and a depth of sense.(38) In a letter to her friend Sally, Jane describes her collection of catterpillars in detail. "One is a Lime Hawk moth...another is a green looper who feeds on mountain ash and he has a made a cocoon, another is cabbage white, and another is a black tortishell...[and]…show more content…
Leakey invited her to visit the museum he managed. He gave her a tour of the museum and had showed her "so many fascinating things, that it would take me pages and pages [to write them down]." (101 peterson) That same day, upon first meeting Jane, Leakey offered her a secretarial job. He later invited Jane to go along with he and Mary on their archaeological expedition to Olduvai Gorge in Tanganyika. She met Mary who extended the invite and Jane replied that she wanted "nothing else in the world more."(106 peterson) Once there Jane wrote, "i simply can't believe that this is i who am writing to you from here. I don't think I've ever had such a marvelous time in my life. (103 goodall blood) While there they looked for fossils. Jane was "filled with awe by the sight or the feel of [the fossils]. This--this very bone--had once been part of a living, breathing animal that had walked and slept and propagated its species millions of years ago. It had belonged to a creature with a personality, with eyes and hair and its own distinctive scent, its own voice. What had it really looked like? How had it lived?" To the Leakey family, she reported that the "great aim is to find the man who made all the tools--primitive pebble tools and the beginnings of the more evolved hand axe."(113 peterson) Perhaps these events at Olduvai intrigued her fascination for the apes later on. Towards the end of the Olduvai trip, Leakey described his plans to sponsor studies of the African great apes. Jane recalled wondering "what kind of scientist he would find for such a herculean task."(117 peterson) When they returned Leakey brought the study up again. Jane blurted, "Louis, I wish you wouldn't keep talking aout it, because that's just what i want to do."(117) Leakey, waiting for her to say that, assigned her the

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