Week:2 Ishmael Section 1 (pgs. 1-63 assignment questions)
1.) After reading the ad for the teacher seeking a student, we get some insight about why the narrator had his reasons for saving the world. He explains that during the 60s and 70s an era known as a time of "peace and love" he "expected to see that the new era had begun, that the sky was a brighter blue and the grass a brighter green. I expected to heat laughter in the air and to see people dancing in the streets, and not just kids-everyone." It is easy to assume that the narrator was hoping that the "revolution" of that time would have given the world the answers to its problems and fix what was wrong in the world. He also mentions later on the book his story about the Nazis. It appears that not only is the narrator looking for a teacher to help him solve the problem/s of the world but to also figure out what exactly is the problem. It is clear to him that something is wrong but he can't quite pinpoint what it is. This wrong is later referred to as a "lie." He is initially wary of finding a teacher because a) it appeared as if most "teachers" we're only interested I'm scamming people out of their money/"worldlies" in order to tell people that "all will be well if everyone will just turn round and give his neighbor a big hug." Also this ad seems a little too good to be true. After searching for a teacher for years there's FINALLY someone out there requesting a student. It just seems like someone is playing with the narrator's emotions. Ishmael has been an observer of the human race. He has many years of observation via the zoo, the circus and living with the family. He has he explains to the narrator is very knowledgeable in the topic of captivity which was what Ishmael originally started to study and then it led on to his study of mankind. Ishmael tells the narrator of mankind having bars around them just as he did when he was caged up however they a) don't know what the bars are and b) the bars...
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