The Question (ID Number 469)...
...and the response:You're examining my motives for the "inclusion" of Michael on my website as if he were a character in one of my novels. I could explain to you my motives for the inclusion in Ishmael of, say, Art Owens or Mrs. Sokolow, because these are characters invented to perform a specific narrative function, which they dutifully perform. A character in a novel might "search for the roots of society" or "lead the way" (as you suggest), but alas, Michael is just like you and me, an ordinary human, getting through the days of his life as best he can. He isn't a symbol or a prototype, any more than you are, nor is he anywhere proposed as one.
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