Aniel Quinns book, Ishmael. ISBN 0-553-37540-7

Write a 3 page, double spaced paper (not including any title page, abstract page, or reference page) on ONE of the three topics below on Daniel Quinns book, Ishmael.

Topic One:
Ishmael wants to claim that The Takers are a profoundly lonely people. The world for them is enemy territory, and they live in it everywhere like an army of occupation, alienated and isolated by their extraordinary specialness.(p. 146) In the same section (p. 148) he claims that The story the Takers have been enacting here for the past ten thousand years is not only disastrous for mankind and for the world, its fundamentally unhealthy and unsatisfying. Its a megalomaniacs fantasy, and enacting it has given the Takers a culture riddled with greed, cruelty, mental illness, crime, addiction.

This is quite a charge to lay at the feet of Mother Culture. Try to connect the dots. How might the Taker way of life lead to a less healthy, less satisfying life? To greed, cruelty, etc.?

Topic Two:
Recount and evaluate Ishmaels recasting of the Genesis parable (Ch. 9), claiming it was actually a Leavers parable.

Topic Three:
On p. 145, Ishmael sums up the laws of competition that govern how all species must live to survive in one main law: No one species shall make the life of the world its own.Alternatively, he states, The world was not made for any one species. Explain what Ishmael means by that and how it contradicts the Takers story, the Judeo-Christian tradition you have been raised in. Discuss whether you think there is any chance humans could transcend this law.