Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

What was the writer looking for when he answered the ad and what is his name?

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The unnamed narrator is angry over an advertisement he has read in the personals section of his newspaper. The ad reads: "TEACHER seeks pupil. Must have an earnest desire to save the world. Apply in person" (4).

He explains that his indignation stems from his adolescent desire to find a teacher who could show him how to "save the world."