Planet of the Apes

1816 words 8 pages
Pierre Boulle was born on February 20, 1912 in Avignon, France. His father, Eugene Boulle, was a brilliant lawyer who taught him his sense of humor and open- mindedness and his mother, Therese Seguin, was born in a family of printers. Pierre’s parents raised him to be Catholic although later in his life he became agnostic. He studied science at the Sorbonne and then entered the Ecole Supérieure d'Electricité de Paris. Pierre Boulle graduated college with a degree in engineering in 1932 and subsequently became an engineer. Then Pierre Boulle later moved to Malaya when he was 26. From 1936 to 1939 he worked as a technician on British rubber plantations in Malaya. At the outbreak of World War II Boulle enlisted with the French army in French …show more content…

The apes are in fear of these primitive humans and scared they will take over their planet if they were to have equal intelligence. The style was in first person and Pierre Boulle was narrating the story as Ulysse. Boulle uses irony by making the humans mindless and the apes the intelligent species to make a point. Ulysse wanted the apes to understand that humans are capable of intelligence. He was telling the apes that it wouldn’t be bad to teach the humans. He even had a child he wanted to raise to prove to all apes that humans are capable of intelligence. The apes see humans with intelligence as a threat. Boulle’s motivation for writing Planet of the Apes might have been because of his war experience and how he was a prisoner. At the outbreak of World War II Boulle enlisted with the French army in French Indochina. After German troops occupied France he joined the Free French Mission in Singapore. He served as a secret agent under the name Peter John Rule and helped the resistance movement in China, Burma and French Indochina. In 1943 he was captured by the Vichy France loyalists on the Mekong River. While a prisoner, he was subjected to severe hardship and forced labor. The Planet of the Apes was one of the first American science fiction franchises of the post-serial film era. The Planet of the Apes developed the blueprint used


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