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    the Trickster “Trickster is at one and the same time creator and destroyer, giver and negator, he who dupes others and who is always duped himself… and is at the mercy of his passions and appetites” (Moffett). The trickster archetype can be found in many cultures from all around the world; such as, in the Native American culture a common trickster is the fox and in the Chinese culture a common trickster is the character known as the Monkey King. The purpose of these tricksters, and tricksters all

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    Hero and Trickster Importance Hero and Trickster characters play prominent roles in numerous stories from diverse cultures. They are archetypes which may be analyzed to provide insight into and compare modern and ancient cultures. They mutually serve as a means to teach something. When looking at these characters and their journey’s evidence of a culture’s values and ethics can be seen. The characteristics and actions of both heroes and tricksters are significant to a culture. The trickster is a source

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    like the Iroquois and Navajo creation stories. Other forms of literature, such as the Winnebago Trickster Tales, might intend to

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    Coyote Steals Fire Story

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    A spider that can capture a leopard, python, and other beasts, and a Coyote that can defeat the powerful Thunder? These come from two trickster tales called, “How Stories Came to Earth” and, “Coyote Steals Fire.” A trickster tale is a story featuring a protagonist, who is often an anthropomorphized animal that has magical powers and is characterized as a compendium of opposites. In the story, “How Stories Came to Earth,” there is a spider who must capture four creatures so he can get the sky god

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    The religious symbolism that occurs in both the speeches of Native American leaders and in the Creation and Trickster myths are centered on the use of nature to represent different messages throughout the story. In the Creation and Tricksters myths, the main point of these stories was to teach a moral lesson or to give an explanation as to how the earth was created. One example of this, is the use of the crow in “Crow Brings the Daylight.” Which states “He had only obtained one ball of daylight from

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    Trickster Tales “Fool, I am taking you to pay for the sky-god’s stories.” Anansi the spider said this quote in the trickster tale “How Stories Came to Earth”. Trickster Tales are stories about a trickster who tries to outwit people, gods, or animals into getting something they want. In “How Stories Came to Earth” a spider named Anansi wants the stories to learn and share, but sky-god has a challenge for Anansi. He must capture a python, leopard a hornet and a fairy. After reading “How Stories Came

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    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

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    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”. There are many similarities between the stories “How

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    One thing Brer Rabbit and Bugs Bunny have in common is that they are both tricksters. Tricksters are characters who use their cleverness, arrogance, superiority, and vanity to outsmart their enemies. Joel Chandler Harris, a famous American short-story writer and humorist, born in Eatonton, Georgia (1848-1908), interpreted animals in his stories as tricksters. Harris became a newspaper apprentice and gained his firsthand knowledge of Negro slaves and their stories (Harris 22). As an adult, Harris’

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    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. If both of those things correspond with inner kindness or positivity it is likely that the act will be perceived much better with less punishment also. The role of trickster characters throughout

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    The classic trickster archetypes represent the traits of deceitfulness, craftiness, and stealthiness. Tricksters will repeatedly annoy the gods to make a name for themselves, or they will commit an act of great proportions, gaining infamy in their respective realms. Others, however, commit an act of trickery that results in punishment, such as the deceitful serpent in Genesis. However, Hermes, from Greek Mythology, used a mischievous act at a young age to gain notoriety and influence later in his

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    Trickster Tale

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    Trickster Tales “It has been said, the cat declared, but I am hardly believe it, that you have the power to change into a rat or a mouse I confess that it seems utterly impossible.” Mater Cat said this quote in the trickster tale “Puss in Boots” when he wanted the ogre to turn into a mouse so he can eat the ogre so he can trick the king into thinking that the Marquis De Carabas owned the land and the castle. In the story “Master Cat” the miller’s dad died and left them a mill, donkey, and a cat

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    Noah's Ark Analysis

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    INTRODUCTION The story of Noah’s ark is about a man named Noah who God told that He is going to put an end of all flesh and cover the earth with water. So Noah was found righteous and God ordered him to build an ark and put his family and two of each of an animal, male and female. (Genesis 6:7). Below I am going to compare the film and the biblical scripture of Noah and also explain why the script writers changed the story. SIMILARITIES Like the bible itself the movie begins its story at the very

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    Once, quite a long time ago, before the moon glistened in the night sky and the birds sang in the Palo Verde tree, there lived the first tribe of humans. These humans, like all living creatures, were made by the Great Creator who would whittle the creatures from the bark of a great oak tree. He would breathe life into them, giving them a soul and instilling a true sense of purpose. In this tribe, a father and his 14 year old daughter lived, her mother having passed during childbirth. They lived in

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    The Sky Gods vs the Iroquois The stories “The World on the Turtles Back” by the Iroquois, and The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday discuss two different creation myths. “The World on The Turtles Back” is an Iroquois legend that has been passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, making it an oral tradition. A creation myth is a traditional story that involves supernatural beings or events that explain how the some aspect of human nature or the natural world came to be. These

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    In the beginning there was nothing. The world at first was an endless space and the earth was unfinished. This is how many creation stories begin. The creation of the world is something many try to decipher. People create myths and legends about the first days of the vast universe and anything that pertains it. It is fascinating how the human mind can come up with many ideas of the birth of the world. In the story of The World on a Turtle’s Back there is mention that in the beginning there was no

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    The Raven Trickster

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    What could be more mysterious than the mythological archetype of the trickster. In fact, mythological tricksters are the very epitome of mystery. Throughout the world their roles have been generally tied with deception, unpredictability, and trickery. They may vary wildly between different cultures and different stories, but it seems like most of the world 's cultures all had some kind of tricksters. Some would do kind deeds and some would do evil. Many of them fell in between, seemingly paying no

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    Trickster Research Paper

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    is a fascinating trickster. Words and images have enormous power and can easily displace actual experience over the years.” In the folktales that mentions Loki, his shapeshifting power creates a sense of power that dominates over everyone. As a trickster, having more power comes from lies and devious plans he creates and the outcome forms chaos that replaces manipulative. In the two tales Thor’s Stolen Hammer and Balder’s fate and Loki’s Downfall, Loki is a shapeshifting trickster who creates cunning

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    The Trickster The terms mixedblood and trickster, in Vizenor´s conception, are transformed into metaphors that are trying to distort the stereotypes. Vizenor´s mixedblood is not the tormented target but, in contrary, turns into glorified “holotrope” and shape shifting figure that can travel through other worlds. As in the works of Faulkner and Marquez or in the work of Injun Joe by Mark Twain so the Vizenor´s mixedblood does not disappear in the black corners of American thinking but thrives in

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    1.Plantation fiction Plantation fiction glorifies slavery and worships slave masters and tells of story of loyal slaves who would never betray their master. The Passing of Grandison is a critique of plantation fiction. Dick Owens, son of a wealthy slave master is in pursuit of Charity Lomax who told him “I’ll never love you Dick Owens, until you have done something. When that time comes, I’ll think about it.”. Dick sets a plan to take his servant Tom on his trip to the north. However, his father

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