The Tricksters Essay & Project Ideas

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1. Carnival's Hide is a hiding place for a number of characters in the novel.

Explore the novel's image of hiding things or people.

2. Compare and contrast Harry to another of Mahy's strong heroines (in, for example, The Changeover or The Catalogue of the Universe).

3. Mahy often uses the isolated family home as a setting for her novels.

Compare and contrast Carnival's Hide to other such settings (in, for example, 4. The three Carnival brothers may be facets of one personality at war within Teddy Carnival. Explore this possibility and discuss whether Freud's division of the mind into id, ego, and superego (or any other psychological theory) offers a plausible model for this division.

5. Write a character analysis of Harry.

6. Explore how Mahy uses descriptions of the body as images in The Tricksters.

7. Mahy uses reflections—mirrors, water, duplicate characters—as a means of penetration into psychological reality...

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