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Jane Goodall

Goodall, Jane. Through a Window. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1990.
Jane Goodall's books, Through a Window, In the Shadow of Man, and The Chimpanzees of
Gombe, recount her many years as an observer of chimpanzees and other species of monkeys.
In Through a Window, she gives her account of thirty years with chimpanzees in the village
of Gombe, off of Lake Tanganyika. During those thirty years with her son and husband, she
observed and researched the chimpanzees with the help of other researchers. This book is a
collection of the observations and data, in addition to the emotions she felt during this
era. The theme of Through a Window is that chimpanzees have very human characteristics and
feelings, and she proves this through her descriptions of love, war, power, and life in
general.

The African community of Gombe remains the center of the events throughout the book.
Goodall describes it as "peaceful" and "hauntingly beautiful" (Goodall 2). The monkeys are
the main residents in this beautiful place, as they can suddenly take over any calmness or
serenity that was once there. "Goblin abruptly sat up and, almost at onceā€¦instant
pandemonium broke out." (Goodall 2). Many characters are born and die throughout the
story, and their setting is always described, as if being compared to the eternalness of
nature. "The field staff found Charlie's dead body lying near the Kahama Stream" (Goodall
106).

The characters in the story are very definite, being that the major ones have entire
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