Lewis Hyde’s Trickster Makes This World: An Appetite for Freedom and the Intelligence to Overcome

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Lewis Hyde’s book Trickster Makes This World contains an excerpt called “Slipping the Trap of Appetite” in which the first line reads, “The trickster myth derives creative intelligence from appetite.” During the time of William Bradford, separating from the Church of England by law is considered an act of treason. Bradford will become part of a group, known as the “Separatists,” who did not wish to follow the national church. This group will encounter many difficulties in their escape of religious persecution and search of freedom. William Bradford reveals the Pilgrims’ appetite for religious freedom and displays their creative intelligence in escaping persecution in his book, In of Plymouth Plantation.
The suffering and hardships that the Pilgrims endure in England and in Holland make their appetite for religious freedom greater than ever. “But after these things they could not long continue in any peaceable condition, but were hunted and persecuted on every side, so as their former afflictions were but as flea-bitings in comparison of these which now came upon them” (Bradford 123). This quote from William Bradford reveals the kind of suffering and persecution that is endured by the “Separatists” as they search for a place of religious freedom. While in England, the “Separatists” are subject to being thrown in prison as punishment for breaking the law. Many of their houses are watched night and day to catch them practicing a different religion. Most of them are…