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Being raised in the jungle, Tarzan has adapted to his surrounding to evolve into an extraordinary human. His physical abilities, including strength, agility and endurance, are far better than normal people.

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Here, Sasayan asks Haru whether he is secretly Tarzan. Of course, Sasayan is not a baka and understands the physical differences in attributes between Haru and Tarzan. I mean, do they look similar to you at all?

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Instead, Sasayan was trying to say that Haru’s ability to catch fish was comparable to that of Tarzan’s. He was using an allusion, which is a figure of speech whereby the author refers to a subject matter such as a place, event, or literary work by way of a passing reference.

Other Examples of Allusions:

  • Sweets are her Achilles’ Heel.
  • Stop lying, or else you’ll become Pinocchio!
  • This place is like Garden of Eden.

However, I feel that this allusion was not the most appropriate and effective. The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Tarzan are jungle mobility skills. Thus, we would associate him with climbing trees or swinging around using vines. Indeed, Tarzan possess forest survival skills and agility, which would allow him to catch fishes. However, such scenes are surprisingly portrayed very rarely in shows and comics.

Nonetheless, Tarzan is a very well-known character among all ages, which is a very essential trait for an allusion. It provides a slightly comedic atmosphere to the scene. But if people do not recognise the reference, it is as good as nothing.

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