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By Harold Scheub

The trickster and the hero, present in such a lot of of the world’s oral traditions, are probably hostile yet usually 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 remodeled: we're either guy and lady, god and human, hero and villain.

    Scheub delves into the significance of trickster mythologies and the transferring relationships among tricksters and heroes. He examines protagonists that determine centrally in a variety of oral narrative traditions, displaying that the genuine hero is often to some degree a trickster in addition. The trickster and hero, Scheub contends, are on the center of storytelling, and all of the probabilities of existence are there: we're taken aside and rebuilt, dismembered and reborn, defeated and renewed.

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