The Trollin’ masters of Literature
Every story has a hero. Whether the character has evil schemes or good intentions, in the end they are the hero of their own story. In these stories of heroes the protagonist is often faced with a series of challenges that they must struggle through in order to achieve their goals. In many folklore stories the creator of these obstacles are created by mythical creators called Tricksters. Without great struggles there would be no morals or lesions learned from a hero’s journey thus making the Trickster an important role in literature.
Since the earliest of times tales about Tricksters have existed globally, though more common amongst Native North Americans, South Americans, and Africans. Usually male but occasionally female or disguised in female form, he is notorious for exaggerated biological drives and well-endowed physique; partly divine, partly human, and partly animal, he is an often amoral and comic troublemaker (“trickster1”.) These creatures have become easily recognizable and have lived on throughout literature as an archetype character who challenges the perception of societies and their rules. Lewis Hyde describes them as ‘immoral (or at least amoral) and blasphemous and rebellious, and his interest in entering the societal game is not to provide the safety-valve that makes it tolerable, but to question, manipulate, and disrupt its rules. He is the consummate mover of goalposts, constantly redrawing the boundaries of the possible. Thus the Trickster suggests a method by which a stranger or underling can enter the game, change its rules, and win a piece of the action” (Hyde 204). Paul Radin in The Trickster: A Study in American Indian Mythology describes the creature as ‘one and the same time creator and destroyer, giver and negator’ believing that the trickster “possesses no values, moral or social, is at