Trickster and Hero: Two Characters in the Oral and Written Traditions of the World

Trickster and Hero: Two Characters in the Oral and Written Traditions of the World

Harold Scheub


The trickster and the hero, present in such a lot of of the world’s oral traditions, are possible antagonistic yet frequently united in a single personality. Trickster and Hero offers a comparative examine a wealthy array of worldwide oral traditions, folktales, mythologies, and literatures—from The Odyssey, The Epic of Gilgamesh, and Beowulf to local American and African stories. Award-winning folklorist Harold Scheub explores the “Trickster moment,” the instant within the tale while the story, the teller, and the listener are reworked: we're either guy and girl, god and human, hero and villain.
    Scheub delves into the significance of trickster mythologies and the moving relationships among tricksters and heroes. He examines protagonists that determine centrally in quite a lot of oral narrative traditions, exhibiting that the genuine hero is usually to some degree a trickster besides. The trickster and hero, Scheub contends, are on the center of storytelling, and the entire probabilities of existence are there: we're taken aside and rebuilt, dismembered and reborn, defeated and renewed.

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