Trickster Tales “There was a time when people had no fire.” This is a quote taken from the trickster tale “Coyote Steals Fire.” There was a coyote that wanted fire from the god Thunder. Then Coyote tricks Thunder to get the fire. Finally coyote gives the fire to all of the small animals. The trickster tales “How Stories Came to Earth” and “Coyote Steals Fire” has a lot of similarities and differences. There are so many similarities in “Coyote Steals Fire” and “How Stories came to Earth.” Some of the main similarities in the folktales are that all of the stories used anthropomorphism.
“Good-bye, Uncle”. This is a quote taken from the trickster tale entitled “Coyote Steals Fire.” In this story the coyote got the fire but he cheated at the game too get but once he got it and everyone had some he never went to his uncle again. The Trickster tales “Master Cat” and “Coyote Steals Fire” has many similarities and differences between them. Between the two trickster tales of “Master Cat” and Coyote Steals Fire” they share many similarities. The first similarities between the stories is anthropomorphism which is when you give animals human characteristics they have this because they both can talk and plan.
Tricksters are considered wicked but in fact they can be kind hearted and they strive to help people in their time of need. In “How the Coyote Stole Fire” the Coyote undertakes the quest to help people survive the winter. In the trickster tale the coyote uses trickery to deceive the fire deities in order to steal the fire from them. In the text it says “man saw winter moving near, and he became fearful and unhappy. He was afraid for his children, and for the grandfathers and grandmothers who carried in their heads the sacred tales of the tribe.
It is my own smile.”(251) He recounts this as Charles Halloway is about to shoot the Dust Witch with the bullet that is going to end her life. This is because the weakness of the carnival as well as the Dust Witch’s is laughter, so by shooting the Witch with a smile she will perish. This shows dramatic irony because the audience already knew what Charles was up to when he was carving in the crescent “moon” on the bullet. The reader is also aware that he’s about to kill her while the Witch is completely unaware. This portrays her as naive, as she assumed that Charles wasn’t going to come up with a plan to kill her on the stage
It is clear that Thunder is confused because the tale states, “Thunder was completely confused”(Erdoes and Ortiz 44). At this point in the tale, Thunder is questioning how Coyote has really won, which makes Thunder have to complete an abstract thought process and demonstrate his feelings. Anthropomorphism can be seen by Coyote and Thunder, just as this technique is seen in all three tales by the characters. Just like “How Stories Came to Earth” and “Coyote Steals Fire”, “Master Cat: Puss in Boots” written by Charles Perrault, expresses qualities that only humans can express. First, Master Cat wears and
Throughout one’s life it becomes evident very early on, that “nobody's perfect”. No matter the circumstances one is bound to need some sort of mischief in their life. This statement is also true for the following texts, whether it’s the subtlety of Catchers main character, Holden Caulfield or the obvious scheming ways of Odysseus in The Odyssey, tricksters play a crucial role in the plotline of the texts. However, being a trickster is not always considered to be a bad thing. It all depends on the intentions it is based upon and the way one goes about carrying it out.
The nimbled bird, breaking away upon the uttered word , flew high into the treetop on the spot (350-353, p.109)” This is another irony because there was no way Chanticleer could escape from the fox, but Chanticleer tricked fox by flattering him like what the fox did it to him. Chaucer use of irony and paradox to illustrate the weakness of humanity. In the Pardoner’s tale, the Pardoner tells a story about the three drunk rioters trying to kill this killer called “Death”. In their way to the Death, the three rioters met a poor, old man who cannot die. They accused the poor, old man to be the spy of Death and demanded Death’s location.
Trickster tales “If you win, you can kill me. If I win, you have to give me fire.” Coyote says in “Coyote Steals Fire” when they were describing the rules of the game of dice. In this story Coyote is trying to steal fire from the Thunder god. When Coyote cheats in a game of dice the Thunder god tries to kill him. There are many similarities and differences between the trickster tales of “How Stories Came to Earth” and Coyote Steals Fire”.
Anthropomorphism is also a key element in “Coyote Steals Fire” the same way it is in “How Stories Came to Earth. One way the story demonstrates anthropomorphism is Coyote’s ability to talk. Coyote uses his ability to talk to talk to one character in the story, Thunder. Coyote’s ability to talk is an ability regular coyotes do not have. Coyote talks to Thunder and says to him, “Let us play a game of dice” (Erdoes and Ortiz 45).
When Coyote spat on and kicked Buffalo Bull’s skull, it brought great dishonor to Buffalo Bull. Because of the dishonor brought to Buffalo Bull’s skull, Buffalo Bull’s spirit came to life and he made an attempt to assault Coyote because he disrespected Buffalo Bull. Moreover, Coyote disrespected Buffalo Bull once again when he didn’t obey his orders to not murder the buffalo calf for its savory meat. In summary, respect was displayed in this platitudinous native american tale in ways that allow the present day reader to learn this crucial
Chaos wins in the story because when Roger kills Piggy, it symbolizes the corruption of all the boys. Roger is the person who pushes the boulder onto Piggy that kills him. On that note, another example is the symbolism itself of Piggy’s death. In chapter four, Roger throws rocks at Henry. The book says, “ Roger stooped, picked up a stone, aimed, and threw it at Henry- threw to miss”(62).
Even in Eshu’s story it is implied that Eshu started the fight amongst the Gods, and most likely went on a journey to appease more to his own ego than for the sake of others (Hyde 112). These instances show that tricksters might be the creators of chaos, but when it favors to their agenda then they can quickly remedy the problem. This backs up the claim that the trickster is not the villain in mythology stories. This is what I feel is the most significant about the tricksters, and also the reason why I feel drawn to these three particular figures. The gods also recognize how the trickster can remedy problems, albeit the fact that the problems might not even be caused by them.