The protagonist, who doesn't have a name, is a very witty guy. He is adventerous and curious to learn from Ishmael. You can tell this because he went out on a limb to accept the ad that was posted in the newspaper. His bad traits are that he was hard to teach at the beginning. He slowly started to become a better learner as the days passed. His traits are affecting the plot because it is affecting how well and how quickly he can learn from Ishmael about culture.