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Exploring the Theme of Moral Responsibility in Daniel Quinn's Ishmael - We are destroying the earth in order to survive. What is our Moral Responsibility. Daniel Quinn has written a book about how things have come to be the way they are. He looks at the meaning of the world and the fate of humans. Ishmael the main character is a teacher of vast wisdom, as well as being a Gorilla. Being no ordinary Gorilla, Ishmael recognises the failing of human kind in relation to their moral responsibilities. He ultimately directs use towards a solution to the problems we have created for the planet....   [tags: Ishmael]
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The Message of Quinn's Ishmael - The Message of Ishmael Quinn gains a unique perspective on humanity through the main character of the novel, Ishmael. Ishmael is a gorilla. And Ishmael is a teacher who communicates with humans telepathically. On the surface, this hardly seems to be a character who would appear in a serious book; more likely a children's story, a fable, or perhaps a bad science fiction novel. Yet Ishmael is none of these, and Ishmael is a strong character, with a powerful intellect and a serious purpose....   [tags: Quinn Ishmael Essays] 968 words
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The Lesson of Quinn's Ishmael - The Lesson of Quinn's Ishmael There are some books that you can just sit back and enjoy, just let the authors words wash over you and, most importantly, you don't have to think. And then there's Daniel Quinn's Ishmael. The novel Ishmael, "an adventure of the mind and spirit," opens with a disillusioned and depressed man in search of a teacher, and not just any teacher. He wants someone to show him what life is all about. And so he finds Ishmael, a meiutic teacher (one who acts as a midwife to his pupils, in bringing ideas to the surface), who turns out to be a large telepathic gorilla of extraordinary intelligence....   [tags: Quinn Ishmael Essays] 872 words
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Impact of War and Violence on Children in A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - Children exposed to violence within their communities are left with emotions of hopelessness, insecurity, and doubt. Historical events such as the war on terrorism, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the tragic events of September 11th have had a detrimental effect on the entire nation, including the children. Although every child is not directly affected by the aspects of war, it somehow has an emotional effect on all. The involvement of a nation with war affects every individual differently, whether it is out of fear, anger, doubt, hope, or love....   [tags: A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah]
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Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed - Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed Mumbo Jumbo is a novel about writing itself . not only in the figurative sense of the postmodern, elf-reflexive text but also in a literal sense. [It] is both a book about texts and a book of texts, a composite narrative of subtexts, pretexts, posttexts, and narratives within narratives. It is both a definition of afro American culture and its deflation. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Author of The Signifying Monkey Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed?s third novel and by many critics, it is considered as his best....   [tags: Mumbo Jumbo Ishmael Reed Essays]
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Mistakes of Mankind Exposed in Quinn's Ishmael - Mistakes of Mankind Exposed in Quinn's Ishmael Most humans are confused. Some know what the problem is, but most haven't even realized something is wrong. The novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn is an attempt to bring about awareness of the mistakes that people have made and have continued to repeat through the course of human history. At its core, the story has two main characters: a teacher and a student. The teacher represents a solution to the destructive road that mankind has been traveling down and the student represents us: eager to mend our ways but apprehensive about the changes that will occur....   [tags: Quinn Ishmael Essays] 1298 words
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Desconstruction of the Moderinistic Myth in Quinn's Ishmael - Desconstruction of the Moderinistic Myth in Ishmael When I read Daniel Quinn’s works, Ishmael, Providence, The Story of B, and My Ishmael, I find a common theme woven throughout which is to desconstruct the moderinistic myth that we are apart from nature and therefore not subject to natural law. I don’t find Quinn’s ideas to be much different from what I read into David Orr’s Earth in Mind or David Ehrenfeld’s books Beginning Again and The Arrogance of Humanism. I doubt that Quinn, as a writer, thinks for one minute that we are no different from other species who inhabit Earth....   [tags: Quinn Ishmael Essays] 455 words
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Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael - Horrifying - Ishmael: Horrifying Among the people of your culture, which want to destroy the world. Which want to destroy it. As far as I know, no one specifically wants to destroy the world. And yet you do destroy it, each of you. Each of you contribute daily to the destruction of the world. This truth was stated by a gorilla named Ishmael who, through his experiences of being taken from the jungle, placed in a zoo in the 1930's, put in a menagerie, and bought by a private owner named Mr. Sokolow, had all the time in a world to think about the world around him....   [tags: Quinn Ishmael Essays] 1394 words
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Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael - Paradigms of Yesterday - Ishmael:   Paradigms of Yesterday          "Come with me if you want to live," was all that Arnold Schwarzenegger said in his movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and after reading Daniel Quinn's masterpiece Ishmael, one might well receive the impression Quinn echoes such sentiments. Few books have as much relevancy in this technological, ever-changing world as Ishmael. In the beginning, according to Ishmael, God created Man to live peacefully on Earth, sustained by the fruitful bounties of Earth and subject to God's control....   [tags: Quinn Ishmael Essays] 1068 words
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Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael - The Destruction Continues - Ishmael  - The Destruction Continues Ishmael   The Biblical depiction of Adam and Eve's "fall" builds the foundation of Daniel Quinn's novel, Ishmael. In this adventure of the spirit, a telepathic gorilla, Ishmael, uses the history of Biblical characters in order to explain his philosophy on saving the world.  Attracting his final student, the narrator of the novel, with an advertisement "Teacher seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person," Ishmael counsels the narrator through a series of questions that force him to stretch his mind....   [tags: Quinn Ishmael Essays] 583 words
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Tradition and Ancestry in Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo - Tradition and Ancestry in Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo        In the Western industrialized world, time is seen as a progression of events, the present building on the past as civilization becomes more "advanced." However, in the African conception of time, "the human being goes backward ...he is oriented toward the world of the ancestors, toward those who no longer belong to the world of the living" (Zahan 45). Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo problematizes the relationship between past and present....   [tags: Ishmael Reed Mumbo Jumbo Essays]
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Ishmael a Novel by Daniel Quinn - In his novel Ishmael, Daniel Quinn discusses the destruction and salvation of the world. By way of a newspaper ad, an unnamed narrator meets a telepathic gorilla, named Ishmael, who had put up the ad to find a pupil with a desire to save the world. Spurred by his benefactor’s obsession with Nazi Germany, Ishmael imparts on the narrator what he knows best: captivity (Quinn 24). Ishmael claims humans of what are considered civilized cultures are captives of a story that in turn keeps the world captive....   [tags: prison break, nazy germany, gorila]
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Overview: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn - 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....   [tags: Mr. Sokolow, USDA, farming practices]
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Ishmael - Ishmael Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael is the story of one man’s quest for knowledge and his desire to “save the world”. Answering a simple ad in the paper of a teacher looking for students (p4), the narrator is sent on an incredible philosophical journey. The teacher our narrator expects is not that which he finds, however, as our titular character Ishmael, so aptly named by Walter Sokolow (p18) as he sensed the gorilla’s almost divine presence, is that teacher. This teaching is made possible by Ishmael’s miraculous telepathic way of communication (p21)....   [tags: Literature Review, philosophy, analysis, quinn] 1599 words
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - Hope enables people to move on by providing the thought that maybe tomorrow’s events will be better than today’s. Hope is a theme that remains constant in every part of A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. Ishmael begins the novel optimistic, believing he will find his family again. This optimism is later lost when Ishmael is recruited by the army to fight against the rebels, causing him to become addicted to drugs and the thrill of killing. Three years after his recruitment, Ishmael is rescued by UNICEF-a group dedicated to rehabilitating child soldiers....   [tags: chasing hope, happiness]
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Analysis of the Novel Ishmael by Daniel Quinn - ... The narrator has similar feelings of living in captivity, but has trouble articulating how or why. Before beginning their discussion in earnest, Ishmael defines some terms: "Takers" are “civilized" people. They are the descendants of the people who developed agriculture in Neolithic revolution. "Leavers" are people of all other cultures, those considered "primitive" by Takers. A "story" is an interrelation between the gods, man, and the earth. To "enact" is to live so as to make a story true....   [tags: Gorilla, Human Nature] 948 words
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - ... However, he realized that it did not give him the sense of contentment he longed for. He started to understand that using violence as a way to attain happiness was not the right way to appease the anger and frustration he had toward losing his loved ones. Another point to note is that while killing the rebels did not give Ishmael any pleasure, it also did not bring guilt to his conscience. At that point, Ishmael was entirely dehumanized, because he was able to apathetically murder the rebels without feeling a bit of empathy for them....   [tags: memoir, chroicles, war, family] 1691 words
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - ... Ishmael adapted and he knew if he were to grieve over this, he would never stay strong enough to survive this war. As Ismael started traveling on his own he would come across very hard obstacles, but as each day passed, he ran into a group of boys that looked familiar. He knew some of them from talent shows and school as a kid. Ismael adapted even if the boys weren't close friends. They all knew they couldn't survive without each other. The resilience of Ismael Beah played a huge role for him by being adaptable in difficult situations....   [tags: memoirs of a soldier boy, story analysis] 840 words
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - ... If there is nothing good left in the destiny of a person, he or she will die” (Beah 54). Ishmael also said that “these words kept me moving even when I didn’t know where I was going” (Beah 54). Those words became the thing that moved him forward and made him stay alive. More than a month later, Ishmael finally ran into people again. Just when Ishmael seemed to be utterly lost in the war, destined to eventually die at the hands of a soldier with his gun, he was found by UNICEF and taken to a rehabilitation center for help....   [tags: character analysis, memory of earlier days]
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Daniel Quinn's Ishmael - In his novel Ishmael, Daniel Quinn discusses the destruction and salvation of the world. By way of a newspaper ad, an unnamed narrator meets a telepathic gorilla, named Ishmael, who had put up the ad to find a pupil with a desire to save the world. Spurred by his benefactor’s obsession with Nazi Germany, Ishmael imparts on the narrator what he knows best: captivity (Quinn 24). Ishmael claims humans of what are considered civilized cultures are captives of a story that keeps the world captive. This large group, Ishmael calls “Takers,” while everyone else—usually hunter-gatherers of “primitive” cultures—Ishmael calls “Leavers” (Quinn 39)....   [tags: destruction and salvation of the world] 996 words
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - ... Then later in the book Ishmael was told that his family was in the next village. “Perhaps my mother and father have gotten back together”(Beah 84). So Ishmael not only had hope of finding his family but he hoped that somehow his parents got back together during that time. Throughout all of the villages Ishmael traveled looking for his family he always had hope. When he was able to travel to New York for the UN conference for children, he had hope that he would make an impact by telling his story as a child soldier....   [tags: There is Always Hope]
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - ... The boys are relieved when the chief explained to everyone that there has been a misunderstanding, they pleasingly continue on with their journey. Their journey soon comes to a stop when they get pulled into the war in Yele. After fighting for months on end, Ishmael has finally been pulled out of the army by UNICEF. Confused Ishmael says “Why had the lieutenant decided to give us up to these civilians. We thought that we were part of the war until the end” (Beah 130). Beah and the boys are infuriated, the odds had definitely been in their favor, but it would take them until they were fully rehabilitated to realize how lucky they are for being saved by UNICEF....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1175 words
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Bech - ... Beah was taken into a rehabilitation center and was treated by a nurse who helped him get back into humanity and heal from the events that he has gone through. The overall purpose of him telling us his story is to inform us on how far we can go into something, like him being part of a rebel army, being able to rehabilitate back to his normal self, and understand these hardships. He writes about his experience to show how he’s changed. What shows his point of change is when Beah arrives in New York and he says its “crazy” and he had enough of that back home....   [tags: soldier, rebels, addiction, rehabilitation] 727 words
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A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - Book Summary In A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah, a former boy soldier with the Sierra Leone army during its civil war(1991- 2002) with the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), provides an extraordinary and heartbreaking account of the war, his experience as a child soldier and his days at a rehabilitation center. At the age of twelve, when the RUF rebels attack his village named Mogbwemo in Sierro Leone, while he is away with his brother and some friends, his life takes a major twist. While seeking news of his family, Beah and his friends find themselves constantly running and hiding as they desperately strive to survive in a land rendered unrecognizable by violence....   [tags: sierra leone, rebels, RUF]
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Metamorphosis of Ishmael in Moby Dick - Metamorphosis of Ishmael in Moby Dick   In Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ishmael undergoes drastic changes in his personality and in the way he views life. Ishmael learns to accept people who are different and learns how to get along with people he never would of on land because of the way they look. On land, the world's affairs are important but by taking a voyage on the Pequod, Ishmael learns to block out the importance of these affairs and free himself from the restraints put on him by society on land....   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 993 words
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Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, by Daniel Quinn - Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, by Daniel Quinn, is a philosophical journey that takes place between an unnamed narrator and Ishmael, a gorilla, who can speak telepathically. The novel begins by the narrator reading an advertisement in the local newspaper requesting a student who has “…an earnest desire to save the world.” This intrigues the narrator because he had been searching for such a teacher all of his early life. Although the narrator thinks the advertisement is a hoax, he persists on going to the indicated address to fulfill his curiosity....   [tags: philosophical journey, gorilla] 1255 words
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Emotional Response in A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - ... It conducts a sort of shock to the reader. Also when we are exposed to his feelings of pain, the reader is subject to feel sympathetic for him, because he is indicating that’s what has happened throughout his life. The book is somewhat educational due to the substantial events such as the problems that have and are currently occurring in some countries of Africa. Throughout the text, Ishmael focuses on telling a variety of friend’s experiences. This motif informs and gives the reader an insight on the theme of the story....   [tags: description, traumatized, violence, war] 596 words
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Ishmael, the Sacrifice of Abraham - Ishmael, the Sacrifice of Abraham Introduction The tragedy of strained relations between Islamic and Judeo-Christian countries is a part of everyday life. One need only pick up a newspaper or check the news story of the day via television, radio, or internet to learn of the latest violent attack by a suicide bomber or military retaliation on such an attack. The terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by countries that are predominantly Islamic with the counter attacks coming from a well-armed Israel, supported by US arms sales as well as US silence....   [tags: Islam History Religion Religious Papers]
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Ishmael - Ishmael The book Ishmael, which was written by Daniel Quinn, is an adventure for the human mind and for society as a whole. Throughout the book Quinn explores many factual scientific principals, but the intent of the book is not to give one a lecture on science. The intentions of Quinn are to discuss and examine the beginnings and also the history of our ecologically dominating culture in which we live in. In this book, Ishmael is a telepathic, highly educated gorilla who explores with his fifth pupil the stories of the Takers and the Leavers....   [tags: essays research papers] 697 words
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Good and Evil in Quinn's Ishmael - Human beings are destroying the world. It's a fact we all know. Pollution is abundant, we chop down rain forests, we kill our own kind, we steal, lie, and cheat, and the list could go on and on. Daniel Quinn believes that this destruction comes from something more extreme than just the notion to survive. In his novel, Ishmael, Quinn believes that the problems facing humanity are do to man's knowledge of good and evil.      Man's knowledge of good and evil gives us the power to rule the world any way we please....   [tags: Daniel Quinn essays research papers]
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Ishmael - A review of... Ishmael In the past few centuries there have been a handful of books written that offer up ideas about humanity that are so completely new to a reader but are so completely convincing that they can force a reader to take a step back and assess all that they know to be true about their life and their purpose. Daniel Quinn has succeeded in creating such a book in Ishmael, a collection of new ideas about man, his evolution, and the “destiny” that keeps him captive. When I began reading Ishmael I was amazed by the ideas offered by Quinn....   [tags: essays research papers] 720 words
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Melville's Moby Dick: Comparing the Missions of Ahab and Ishmael - Herman Melville began working on this novel Moby Dick in 1850. In this book Melville challenges the relationship man have with his universe, his fate, and his God. Ahab represents a human being made up of evil, when he decides to questions God fate, and goes against God when he tries to strike Moby Dick the whale. The whale in this novel represents God. Moby-Dick, can teach you many things if you can remain focused long enough. However, the most important lesson that can be learned from the work is not that hard to understand....   [tags: Moby Dick, compare] 1654 words
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The Transformation of Ishmael in Snow Falling on Cedars - The Transformation of Ishmael in Snow Falling on Cedars What can be said about a novel of such luminance as Snow Falling on Cedars that has not already been said. Certainly it is a work of much vision and insight and speaks volumes about prejudice and race. The wordplay of Guterson creates a world of vivid reality-it surrounds the reader with sights, smells and a clearly defined sense of touch. Perhaps lost amidst the smells of the strawberry fields, the cold of the winter storm, and the deep social statements about the nature and quirkiness of prejudice is the fact that this beautifully crafted story of immense complexity is in reality a very simple story about the identity of one man....   [tags: Snow Falling Cedars Essays]
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Ishmael: Religion and Agriculture Destructive Towards Man’s Future - Ishmael: Religion and Agriculture Destructive Towards Man’s Future Since the beginning of time, man has lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, supporting himself by hunting animals and living off the land around him. This lifestyle is considered to be living in the hands of the gods. Meaning, the gods decide man’s fate, including who should live and who should die, and what resources would be available to him. As a result, man was considered equal to animals, neither one was more powerful than the other....   [tags: Literature Review] 1369 words
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Relationship Between Blues and the Working Class in Ishmael Reed's Blues City - ... All these events were more than enough to “reflect the cultural strew” of the city (27). A combination of this scenic background and the peaceful coexistence of the different people here you “get a glimpse of what the world could look like.” (27). Reed shows the diverse working class who have struggled to build Oakland. The other picture that depicts this working class is during the tour of Oakland that Reed took with his daughter. He explains that the tour leads them to the produce area and there, trucks full of vegetable and fruit produce were brought for the restaurants to buy....   [tags: cultural diversity, black panthers, oakland]
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Moby Dick - Characters of Captain Ahab and Ishmael - The characters of captain Ahab and Ishmael are almost opposites.  About the only things the two share in common are that they are both seamen and they both are on a hunt for a whale. Ishmael is a pleasing character, who plays the role of the main character as well as narrator.  He is a common man who has a love for the sea, and goes to it to clear his mind whenever he feels down or feels that it is “a damp, drizzly November” in his soul.  As for his physical appearance, he doesn’t really specify.  However, one might assume that he is a middle-aged man and probably holds the characteristics of the “stereotypical seaman”.  But, what the character lacks in physical description, he makes up fo...   [tags: Moby Dick Essays] 593 words
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A Long Way Gone and The Bite of the Mango - No one knows what will happen in his or her life whether it is a trivial family dispute or a civil war. Ishmael Beah and Mariatu Kamara are both child victims of war with extremely different life stories. Both of them are authors who have written about their first-hand experience of the truth of the war in order to voice out to the world to be aware of what is happening. Beah wrote A Long Way Gone while Kamara wrote The Bite of the Mango. However, their autobiographies give different information to their readers because of different points of view....   [tags: Ishmael Beah, Mariatu Kamara]
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Independence in The Bite of the Mango and A Long Way Gone - When growing up, family is always there for one another with unconditional love. They will do anything for each other, and throughout their lives they look to family for support and advice. This is not said for Ishmael Beah in A Long Way Gone. He was never in an idealistic “picture perfect” family because of his parents living in different villages through most of his life. The feeling of loneliness and independence was not new to him. Contrasting Beah, Mariatu Kamara, from A Bite of the Mango, has a very healthy and intimate relationship with everyone in her village....   [tags: Ishmael Beah, Mariatu Kamara]
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What Is Our True History? - Why did no one ever tell us how our world actually came to be. This novel gives us a completely new and different way to look at our world. The protagonist, Julie, in Daniel Quinn’s novel, “My Ishmael”, leads us through an unbelievable sequence of events. We get to learn how Julie, a young teenager that goes through her own personal paradigm shift through the teachings of a telepathic gorilla, Ishmael. Ishmael helps Julie see the world in a completely new way, facilitating her understanding on how the world might have been different if there certain events didn’t occur in our past....   [tags: Daniel Quinn's My Ishmael] 670 words
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Literary Techniques Used in the Memoir of Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - In the memoir of Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, Beah states that his life’s journey has been a huge obstacle, but has learned to overcome that struggle by venting while the two contradictory sides continue their battling. Beah accomplishes his goal of explaining to the reader his point of view through the use of rhetorical questions, scenic narration, and parallelism. Ishmael Beah’s apparent purpose is to share personal accounts of his life with his fellow country men, in a country where war affects people to a level beyond the imagination....   [tags: literary devices, critical analysis, literary anal] 1046 words
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The Glory Of War Analyzed in Homer’s The Iliad and Ishmael Beah’s Autobiography, A Long Way Gone - Taking into consideration the many historic events of our time, there is no claim to be made that humanity has kicked its addiction to warfare. The contention, however, lies in whether this addiction may be described as glorious. Those keen to label it so need only look to “the world’s greatest war novel” Homer’s The Iliad in which war creates heroes out of men on both sides of the battlefield. It is fought nobly and bravely, and immortalizes, through song and story as Homer himself had done, the champions of either army....   [tags: The Iliad, A Long Way Gone] 631 words
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Unwinding the Spool of Civilization in Ponting's The Green History of the World and Quinn's Ishmael - Unwinding the Spool of Civilization in Ponting's The Green History of the World and Quinn's Ishmael   Clive Ponting's The Green History of the World and Daniel Quinn's Ishmael both critique the dominant paradigms of modern human civilization-especially where its relationship with environment is concerned. Both feel strongly that we are in trouble. Neither are quite willing to make final connections and present us with a systematic method for getting out of our impending ecological crisis, but they both do spell out what has been wrong, what is wrong now, and what will happen should we choose not to take evasive action....   [tags: Green History of the World Essays] 1040 words
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Daniel Quinn's Ishmael - Transformation of Will Weston from Taker to Leaver - Daniel Quinn's Ishmael - Transformation of Will Weston from Taker to Leaver The seceded Ecotopian nation and the country it came from can be categorized into two groups, "Takers" and "Leavers". These terms are derived from Daniel Quinn's novel, Ishmael. "Good. So henceforth I'm going to call the people of your [American] culture Takers and the people of all other cultures Leavers." "You call your self civilized and all the rest primitive." Upon entering Ecotopia, Will Weston is impressed, horrified and overwhelmed by the practices of Ecotopians....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1594 words
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Jes Grew - Ishmael Reed, through parody, allusion, and satire, manages to convey the meaning of Jes Grew without once explicitly defining it. There is a good reason why he never defines it; Jes Grew has no true definition. Even those infected by this ?anti-plague. that evokes the jump, jive, and wail, do what you feel like spirit inside of them, can?t put their finger on exactly what is ?this Jes Grew thing. (33). One cannot explain Jes Grew without destroying its carefree feeling. Yet without ?finding its text,....   [tags: Ishmael Reed] 1758 words
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The Bite of the Mango and A Long Way Gone - Monday morning, Sally, a twelve-year-old American girl, is woken up by her father. As she gets ready to go to school, her mother hands her a backpack and lunch with a quick kiss goodbye. Meanwhile, Zarina, a twelve-year-old Sierra Leone girl, wakes herself up to get ready for work. Her aunt says good morning as they both head from their home to the cassava fields. Both of these girls have a traditional family setting. In America children in a traditional family grow up with both biological parents and any siblings they have....   [tags: Ishmael Beah, Mariatu Kamara]
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Loss of Innocence in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier - A prominent theme in A Long Way Gone is about the loss of innocence from the involvement in the war. A Long Way Gone is the memoir of a young boy, Ishmael Beah, wanders in Sierra Leone who struggles for survival. Hoping to survive, he ended up raiding villages from the rebels and killing everyone. One theme in A long Way Gone is that war give innocent people the lust for revenge, destroys childhood and war became part of their daily life. In the A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah, a twelve-year-old explains how he used to go on a swim with his friends and his love for rap music and hip-hop dance....   [tags: Ismael Beah]
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