Overview: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn Essay

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In the novel Ishmael, written by Daniel Quinn, the narrator has spent most of his life looking for a teacher so he can learn to save the world. When the narrator was reading the paper he found an ad searching for a student interested in saving the world. After arriving at the address he finds a gorilla named Ishmael, who communicates telepathically. (Quinn, 1995) Ishmael was taken from Africa at a young age and was sold to a zoo then a traveling carnival. Ishmael was bought by Walter Sokolow, a Jewish man whom had lost his family during the Holocaust. Not long after being purchased Ishmael learned to telepathically communicate with Walter. Mr. Sokolow brought Ishmael many books so he would be able to educate himself. Ishmael’s studies …show more content…
When he returns he finds that Ishmael has been sold to a circus. The narrator plans to buy Ishmael from the owner but when he is able to come up with the money, Ishmael has died due to pneumonia. The narrator then fulfills Ishmael’s wish to become the teacher. He then searches for students to share Ishmael’s teachings to help others see the issues with the culture of Takers. (Quinn, 1995) I feel that Ishmael is correct in believing the Taker culture is the majority of the population of the world. We live in a world that is consumed by doing whatever is necessary to make a profit. Agriculture was completely caught up in the Taker culture, although we are now making great strides to better the planet. A good example of agriculture being part of the Taker culture is the Dust Bowl of the 1930s that affected Oklahoma,Texas, Kansas, and Colorado. The Dust Bowl was caused by many factors including drought and poor agricultural practices. Because of the Taker mentality and the lack of knowledge many farmers over plowed their fields and did away with the trees that caused wind breaks between their fields to have more room the farm and potently make a larger profits. Due to the poor practices much he region’s topsoil blew away making the growth of crops difficult and the land very vulnerable to drought. (Trimarchi) Although after this terrible time in American agriculture, producers began to

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