The Trickster Archetype in Literature

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The Trickster Archetype Archetypes are used in literature to portray a certain meaning, that helps create a better and more meaningful story. The archetypes used can be embedded in the characters, symbols, or even rituals involved in a story. These archetypes can help give deeper meaning to the story by giving a underlying reference to concepts that are used over and over again in literature throughout history. When an author uses an archetype in his or her writing, they link it to many other stories that use that same archetype. Some do this for a reason, to give an underlying meaning, to symbolized something of importance, or even just to make their story more interesting. Many readers may not notice the underlying archetype, but sometimes the author uses them because he or she knows that the reader will. There are many different archetypes in literature. The trickster is one of those many archetypes that is used in stories from history and continuing into modern times. The trickster is used in literature for many reasons. He always makes the story interesting. When you first see his character in the text, you may think that he is an amicable protagonist. Usually as the story progresses you can see him slightly unfold into something you never expected in the beginning. He is, like his name, a trickster. You could compare him to a snake. Slithering quietly, seeming to mean no harm, so you trust that he won't bite. You let him go about his business and do what he
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