The Trickster, By John M. Morra And Deanna Reder 's Troubling Tricksters

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A trickster, essentially, is a character who disobeys the norms, though carries greater knowledge and has mainly been discussed in mythology, folklore, and religious texts, and has consistently been viewed in indigenous context. The trickster is often the anthropomorphic personification of a hidden, allegorical world. Linda M. Morra and Deanna Reder’s Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations, propose that the purpose of every trickster tale is to “[articulate] ambiguous distinctions between human and divine realities, with the final goal being in the development of ‘civilized’ codes of morality, values, and ideology” (30). Any culture is influenced by the trickster and the narrator in Eugene Onegin, written by Alexander Pushkin between 1825 and 1832, shares three traits with tricksters: humorous, cynical, and philosophical.
Within the first handful of pages, Pushkin writes, “Onegin learned how to put on an act. He could hide hope, or show jealousy; he could sow doubts, or talk them away; he could seem resentful, or pathetic; unbending, or obliging; attentive, indifferent” (9). It is obvious Onegin is not content with his monotonous life, and adds excitement by behaving mischievously. Lewis Hyde’s Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art notes on the cultural criticism within ancient trickster works as well as modern creators from Picasso to Frederick Douglass. Hyde believes the “Trickster is the mythic embodiment of ambiguity and ambivalence,…

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