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The Trickster; Odysseus
Transcript of The Trickster; Odysseus
Why Odysseus is a trickster
This is the archetypical character of The Trickster.
Aspects of this character are that he speaks very well & uses language to his advantage
Thinks a step ahead of everyone else; tricky
Adopts different personas or characters to hide his real identity
Is intelligent as well as crafty
Has lots of luck & employs a backup plan in case the luck fails (he is favored, therefore, by the gods)
Humorous, witty, and comic; has a good sense of humor
He is alone
Odysseus as a trickster
Odysseus is renowned for his brilliance, guile, and versatility, and is hence known by the epithet Odysseus the Cunning.
Examples of tricksters.
Hermes - A Messenger of the Gods in Greek mythology.
Loki - A Shape-shifting Giant in Norse mythology.
Jack Sparrow - A pirate who sails the seven seas, he uses wits and negotiation rather than weapons or force, opting to flee most dangerous situations and fight only when necessary.
Susanoo - is the Shinto god of the sea and storms (Japanese mythology)
Kitsune - Is a Japanese fox. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form.
The Trickster; Odysseus
The trickster archetype can be a
god, goddess, spirit, man, woman,
or anthropomorphic animal
The trickster exhibits a great degree of intellect or secret knowledge and uses it to play tricks or otherwise disobey normal rules.
Odysseus was a legendary Greek king of Ithaca and a hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey.
He was the husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus.
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