Are John Isidore and Mercer the same person?
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No, they are two different people. Mercer is a charismatic figure whom people have begun to worship. Isidore is one of Mercer's disciples. See the summary and character analysis in eNotes (linked below).
Isidore and Mercer are not the same people, yet this would be a very good thesis/critical analysis of DADOES. Isidore, the special chickenhead who questions his surroundings and by the end of the novel lives more simplistically rather than being engulfed in consumerism and Mercer, the "God" figure of this story, constantly having to climb up the mountain to make humans and animals connect as a universal being, can be seen as one. Based on the beliefs of Mercerism that is...
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