Aaron Mayor Professor Devlin Eng 112 October 8, 2008 Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes”, there is mention of Terkozabusing his power as leader of the tribe. This abuse of power led “many of the older and weaker apes, upon whom he was particularly prone to vent his brutish nature” (Burroughs 70)to get kicked out of the tribe. I would call this abuse of power toward his inferior peers bullying. When I think of bullying, I think of someone who physically or verbally abuses people that are weak physically and socially. Terkoz is a perfect example of what a bully is. Bullies behave the way they do because they are “arrant cowards at heart” (70). Meaning that bullies are afraid that others are going to hurt them, so they hurt the others first putting themon top of the food chain. Bullies only pick on others if they know that they can win and Terkozshows this trait when he “dropped to the ground in a small open-glade, that he might turn and fight for his prize or be free to escape unhampered if he saw that the pursuer was more than a match for him” (72). The only way to stop a bully is to beat them at their own game. The other apes of the tribe realize this and heed Tarzan’s parting admonition: “If you have a chief who is cruel, do not do as the other apes do, and attempt, any one of you, to pit yourself against him alone. But, instead, let two or three or four of you attack him together. Then, if you will do this, no chief will dare to be other than he should be, for four of you can kill any chief who may be over you” (70).