Trickster Essays

  • The Winnebago Trickster Cycle: The Four Characteristics Of Literature

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

  • 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

  • Comparing How Stories Came To Earth And Coyote Steals Fire

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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

  • Coyote Steals Fire Short Story

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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

  • Coyote Steals Fire Analysis

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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

  • Holden Caulfield: The Character Of Odysseus In Homer's Odyssey

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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

  • The Trickster In Vizenor's

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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

  • Hermes: The Invaders In Norse Mythology

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Short Story Of Mosi's Tribe

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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

  • The World On The Turtle's Back Analysis

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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

  • The Passing Of Grandison Analysis

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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

  • Summary Of Peter Berger's The Sacred Canopy

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    Heavily influenced by Max Weber, Peter Berger was interested in the meaning of social structures. Berger’s concern with the meaning societies give to the world is apparent throughout his book The Sacred Canopy (1967), in which he drew on the sociology of knowledge to explain the sociological roots of religious beliefs. His main goal is to convince readers that religion is a historical product, it is created by us and has the power to govern us. Society is a human product. Berger made it very clear

  • Ricochet River Coyote Character Analysis

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    Every story has a moral. In certain Native American legends, a character called Coyote serves to entertain as well as educate. In Ricochet River, author Robin Cody creates a character to serve as his Coyote, a Native American boy by the name of Jesse. Cody uses the characterization of Jesse to entertain his readers as well as teach them about the hardships faced by a Native boy trying to fit into a primarily white environment. Even Jesse’s own mother has a conflicting view of his cultural identity

  • The Coyote And The Buffalo Analysis

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    The loquacious Roy E. Disney once said, “When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” Throughout the stories that we read in this module, native american values that we use to this day were displayed. Consequently, there were three values within these stories that truly affect our lives. Firstly, there is respect, which was displayed in the story “The Coyote and the Buffalo” when Coyote disrespects Buffalo Bull and it brings him an enormous amount of anger. Furthermore, there

  • Essay On The Power Of Words In Othello

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    The Power of Words is important in the play Othello. Words are used to show power in Othello, words are also used to show what the personality of the characters are and that is used to show the reader what the characters are like and lastly, words are used to have a conversation with the audience. Through the words in the play the audience can understand the play and also the audience knows most of the time what is going to happen before the characters know what is happening. Language that is

  • The Iliad: The Beliefs Of The Trojan War

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    To begin with, what is myth? It can be translate as a gripping and many-facetted subject. There are myths, sagas, and fairy tales; there is folklore and superstition. There are ancient myths, modern myths, as well as urban myths, that purportedly have taken place in our own time. Myths are often stories told by special people such as Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and others. They are exclusively linked to religious beliefs and rituals. Rituals were believed to invoke a type of magic that would

  • Onondaga Creation Myth Analysis

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    The key difference between the Costanoan and Onondaga creation myths was that the animals treated the humans differently in each story, displaying how each group viewed the relationship between the two. The Coyote, who married a beautiful girl he met once the Earth had dried, was very commanding to his wife. An example of this takes place when he says, “Look for it, look for it! Take it! Eat it! Eat my louse!” (pg. 200). This quote is from when the Coyote forces his wife to eat his tick in order

  • The Mythic Dimension

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    Myths, or sacred stories, are vital to our world, and even serve as a guide for life today. Genesis 1 and 2 present the myths of creation and God’s design for human life. The Mythic Dimension can be applied to these texts by analyzing their social, psychological, ritualistic, and cosmological functions. The social function of Genesis 1 and 2 focuses on establishing a sense of shared history within the Israelite community. Genesis 1 and 2 differ in a couple ways when explaining the origin of life