Coyote Steals Fire, And Master Cat: Puss In Boots

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Trickster tales are short, imaginative narratives that usually use animals as the main characters to show wisdom. These stories were originally passed down through oral tradition and were eventually written down. Some trickster tales can also end with a lesson taught, or a moral. The stories “How Stories Came to Earth” retold by Kaleki, “Coyote Steals Fire” retold by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz, and “Master Cat: Puss In Boots” by Charles Perrault are all considered trickster tales. These stories have animals as the main character that show wisdom. All of these stories are similar , yet also different. The three trickster tales “How Stories Came to Earth”, “Coyote Steals Fire”, and “Master Cat: Puss in Boots” all give human characteristics to nonhuman things through anthropomorphism, which also gives all of these characters the ability to trick others and reach their set goals, but even though the stories are similar, they differ …show more content…
First, the coyote does many things that a normal coyote could never do. In the story it states, “He continuously distracted thunder so that he could not watch what coyote was up too” (Erdoes and Ortiz 45). Coyote was able to cheat his way to a win and victory. Playing a game like this one and cheating are clearly things that no animal could do. Also, in this story human abilities are also given to inanimate objects like thunder. In the tale it says, “Thunder picked up the huge rock containing fire and hurled it at what he thought was Coyote” (Erdoes and Ortiz 45). Readers know that thunder is an inanimate object that is not able to do anything at all. So, when it is given abilities like throwing things and having emotions it is a clear representation of anthropomorphism. So, anthropomorphism is seen throughout “Coyote Steals Fire” when human qualities are given to Coyote and