Manifestation of the Trickster Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparative analysis of the representation of the trickster in Guillermo del Toro's movie "Pan's Labyrinth" and the "Epic of Gilgamesh".
# 151188 | 1,603 words | 0 sources | 2012 | US
Published on May 28, 2012 in Literature (English) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper discusses how the general characteristics of the trickster are those who break the imposed set of rulers, often playing tricks on the other characters, be they humans or gods and how the tricksters can often play key roles in either helping the hero, participating in acts of creations or destruction. In particular, it examines how it is in all these different perspectives that the trickster appears in "Pan's Labyrinth". First of all, the faun is the intermediary between Ophelia and the ancient Labyrinth, with all that this brings about: mystery, uncertainty, malefic characters and unexplainable events. In this quality, he is also the intermediary between the two worlds, a real world that Ophelia is part of and the mystic, fantasy world that the Labyrinth represents. In comparison, the paper looks at how the trickster in the "Epic of Gilgamesh" plays the same role as an intermediary between the two worlds: that of the gods and the human world. Although created by gods, Enkidu is entirely human. He will become the man who destined to save the king and his kingdom from himself.

From the Paper:

"The trickster in Guillermo del Toro's film, the faun, is ambiguous and he appears to be merciless in his way of testing the girl. Her journey depends on her alone and at the end of it she will succeed only by recognizing that the she was the hero who had to sacrifice herself in order to save the world. The king in Gilgamesh's Epic has created a huge and marvelous empire on earth. Meanwhile, he has become a danger not only to himself, but also to the people he reins over and to the kingdom as a whole. Enkidu represents the archetype of the trickster that will transcend literature over the ages. He is a better image of Gilgamesh himself, a perfect counterpart, a symbol for the man who was not yet perverted by civilization. Enkidu entered Gilgamesh's civilized world only to become the sacrificed in the fight between the supernatural creatures and the human world. "

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