Tricksters in Canadian Literature

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Essay #: 058857
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The beginning:
Tricksters in Canadian Literature
Aboriginal writers have become increasingly common in Canadian literature. One of the most common elements of aboriginal culture that appears in many of these works is the trickster. The importance of the trickster is clearly expressed in “A Note on
Nanabush
”
Tomson
Highway notes,
Essentially a comic, clownish sort of character,
his role is to teach us about the nature and the
meaning of existence on the planet Earth; he
straddles the consciousness of man and that of
god, the Great Spirit(Highway 12).
The
Nanabush
is just one of the names used for the trickster being. Even though the trickster is usually associated with Aboriginal myths and legends trickster characters appear in many aboriginal works....
The end:
.....enemy.
In conclusion, the trickster is an important figure in aboriginal myth and legend. Due to the growing popularity of aboriginal writing the trickster character has become increasingly important. In Dry Lips
Oughta
Move to
Kapuskasing
the trickster character is Big Joey. He is a relatively dark trickster using his tricks to blackmail people and cover up his own crimes.
In Green Grass, Running Water the tricksters are of the more comic clownish type. Their tricks are ultimately used as a successful tool for resisting a far more powerful opponent.
Works Cited
Highway,
Tomson
,
Drylips
Oughta
Move to
Kapuskasing
, Fifth House
Publishers, Calgary, 1989.
King, Thomas, Green Grass, Running Water, HarperCollins
Publishers LTD., Toronto, 1993.