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Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael is a story about a teacher and his student, specifically, a gorilla teacher and his human student. Ishmael teaches his student about captivity, specifically, the…
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Download file to see previous pages... Ishmael opened my eyes to the idea of cultural captivity. Cultural captivity is the culture that tells me that I must think that I am above all creatures and Nature, so I can do anything I want to the latter. Ishmael tells the first lesson of captivity: “You’re captives of a civilizational system that more or less compels you to go on destroying the world in order to live” (Quinn 14). I agree with Ishmael that the human race has become generally captive of the need to destroy everything for the purposes of using them for their own needs, without concern for having a sustainable society.
I also liked the book because it does not only analyze the problem of captivity, but also presented a long-term solution, which is to remove the thinking that humans are better than other species. Humans cannot live without nature, so clearly, they are not better than the latter. Indeed, the story is right: “WITH GORILLA GONE, WILL THERE BE HOPE FOR MAN?” (Quinn 160). The story reminds me that I am nothing without nature. Ishmael snapped me out of my superior thinking and helped me accept that the hope of humanity’s survival is in knowing how to live with Nature.
Funny and morbid, and I love it. This is how I describe George Saunders’ “Adams.” I like “Adams” because of the love that Roger feels for his family, as he protects them from the possibly pedophile, Frank Adams. The story is likeable because of its humor and, though Roger’s violence is gruesome, deep down, this is all about family love.
Roger is a funny, violent man, as he wonks Frank, because the latter can endanger his kids. Roger is funny because he uses the word “wonk” when hitting Frank, which sounds like what a cartoon character does to other characters. The way he repeatedly wonks Frank makes me think he is just hitting him with a pillow to scare him away. At first, I did not understand yet why Roger is mad at Frank, until I realized that he is a neighbor who has underwear only facing ...Download file to see next pagesRead More
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