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Beep BeepVRRROOOOMMMMand the Roadrunner speeds away from the deceitful Coyote as Coyote falls over a Cliff with his Acme dynamite still in hand The tale of the trickster is known and shared all around the world It is an age old story that has many different versions and is culturally diverse Almost every culture has some version of the trickster tale from the early West African people and their tales of Eshu to the modern day American versions like Wile E Coyote that Warner Brothers has made so popular Doty and Hynes 10 Japanese culture has the story of Susa-No-O and even the ancient Greeks had similar stories dealing with the character Hermes Doty and Hynes 141 46 With so many different cultures involved one would think that the tales and myths would be just as variegated However this is not necessarily the case It seems as though the trickster story hent this human characteristic in that when a character is tricked he in return takes revenge on his rival In fact this is what constitutes the main purpose for the action in these folktales If it were not for our desire to see the wronged character revenged there would be no motivation for the reader or the writer of these stories Without this theme there would be no justification for wrongdoing no justice for the wronged This element of human nature is what makes these stories timeless and appealing to many generations It is bred somewhere deep within us that a wrong must be somehow righted and the trickster tale fills this human needHand in hand with retribution is the theme of punishment Not only must one be revenged but also in order to feel fully justified your rival must be punished Sometimes we can be our own rivals When we have done something wrong to someone else we feel the need to be punished and sometimes consciously or not we punish ourselves
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