Ishmael Final

Ishmael Final - Corey English 105 The Ishmael Advantage"The...

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Corey English 105 September 14, 2006 The Ishmael Advantage “The creature on the other side of the glass was a full-grown gorilla” (Quinn 8). Here the reader meets the title character of the novel, Ishmael, who will teach the unnamed narrator how to save the earth from the destruction of the Takers. With this tremendous goal in mind, there must be some link between the Takers and the rest of life. Daniel Quinn found his link in Ishmael. Ishmael as a gorilla establishes the link between the Takers and the rest of living existence. Ishmael’s first advantage is that he is anything but a human. Leaver or Taker, he would not be able to see the source of the damage: Mother Culture. As a Leaver, he would not see the despicable state of the earth. The Leavers are so isolated from the Takers that they would not physically see the negative effects of the Takers. They also do not have the technological capabilities to measure the disappearing wildlife and the growing pollution. They would not have the communication abilities to
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course ENGL 105 taught by Professor Jaekel during the Fall '05 term at Iowa State.

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