REL306TheTrickster - Daniel McAree REL 306 2/17/11 The...

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Daniel McAree REL 306 2/17/11 The Trickster 1. In Western culture there is an expression: Third time is the charm. Often this means that something which has failed twice will succeed on the third try. Three is a number with special power in Western folk belief. It is not supposed to be good to be the third person to light a cigarette from a single match. What number is the charmed number for the Winnebago? How often are things in the Trickster story set up in a sequence of repeated happenings so that the most dramatic results come on the last try? Give some examples. Do you find any pattern to the use of this device? Do the first tries tip the listener off as to what might be coming in the final one? Are the outcomes usually positive or negative? Do they make episodes in the story separable? How did this pattern of narration affect your own sense of anticipation of events in the story? In Paul Radin’s The Trickster , four seems to be a number with special power in the Winnebago, in line with Native American tradition. Very often throughout the book, events are set up so that the same result occurs three times in a row, and a different, more dramatic, result
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