Comparison Between The Novel Ishmael By Daniel Quinn And The Movie "Instinct"

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In the novel Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn, the Anthropologist defines culture as "a people enacting a story" [pg 41] or civilizations accepting a theory or "myth" about man, the world, and god and how they interrelate to each other (The origin, meaning, intentions, and destiny of man, the world, and the gods). The people then mold their lives around this culturally accepted mainstream theory. Without man the story would be meaningless for the people's acknowledgement of the story is necessary for it to be validated and given meaning. Without man the story has no entity to enact or "make the story reality". Man validates the story by integrating into their everyday lives in which it is constantly re-told never to be forgotten. Therefore if man was no longer in existence, the story would be rendered a mere forgotten blip in time, without purpose or function. The same goes for the story however. Without the story, man has no basis to form his understanding of how things came to be this way and a destiny (how the story wants things to end up). It's a constant balance between two separate concepts coming as one to create the super concept of the culture. Without one, the other cannot exist and the concept of culture is no longer valid. Culture then needs the world as a setting in which men can enact a story. If the world did not exist, the men would not have a place to enact a story and culture therefore could not exist. Lastly culture demands the presence of some governing authority or "god" to ensure order and influence over men to enact a story. This theme seems to allude to a generalization of...

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