Alexander MacDonald, the narrator of the story, was the youngest with his twin sister, Catherine, and grew up on Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He was also known as the “gille beag Ruadh” meaning “the little red-haired boy”(18), a nickname given to him as a young boy. When he was three, the tragic happening of the death of his parents occurred, which changed the course of his life. That was the day where the visit to his grandparents’ house ended up being a permanent visitation of his youth. As young Alexander grew up, his grandparents would always be telling his family stories of their clan’s past and how they cam...
... middle of paper ...
...raising them. One example of how she displayed this was when she wrote
“Indeed, as the novel traces the progeny of the originary Calum Ruadh over subsequent generation, the clan are made emblematic founders of Canadian settlement. ‘I think of them as winning Canada for us’ retorts Grandpa to the other grandfather’s skeptical account of General Wolfe’s abuse of the Scottish Highlanders in Quebec (108)”. (134)
Overall, I agree with the arguments she presents in her article and find some of them correspond very well with the conclusion I had written about.
Sugars, Cynthia. "Repetition with a Difference: The Paradox of Origins in Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief.” Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne [Online], (2008), Web. 20 Nov. 2013
MacLeod, Alistair. No Great Mischief. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The search for and importance of family and identity of the Calum Ruadh clan in Alistair MacLeod's No Great Mischief is significant to the concept of blood being thicker than water. The importance of family, as indicated in No Great Mischief, is very apparent in regards to the main point of prominence in this deeply emotional Gaelic- Canadian tale. An idea that arises No Great Mischief[, is MacLeod’s ability to prove to the readers that it is impossible to talk about the Scottish-Canadian heritage without mentioning family history, loyalty and bonds.... [tags: no great mischief, Alistair MacLeod]
1202 words (3.4 pages)
- Hero or villain. In Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief, Calum commits violent crimes and by all accounts should be considered the antagonist. However, this is not the case. To outsiders he appears violent and rough, but within his clan he is the compass that guides all its members. An intrepid leader who falls victim to his own history, Calum lacked guidance as a young man and this contributed to his later struggles with the law. In fact, Calum’s greatest downfall comes from his goodness. He is stabbed in the back after blindly trusting a stranger on account of their shared lineage.... [tags: Family, Boy, No Great Mischief, Leadership]
1322 words (3.8 pages)
- Alistair MacLeod's "No Great Mischief" In No Great Mischief, Alistair MacLeod proves to the reader that it is impossible to talk about the Scottish-Canadian heritage without mentioning tradition, family and loyalty. MacLeod wrote this book about loyalty to family tradition. It is common to talk about these three things when one describes his family or his past in general, but in this book, MacLeod has included every single intricate detail about each one of the three aspects. Family plays the biggest role in this novel.... [tags: Alistair MacLeod Great Mischief Essays]
1810 words (5.2 pages)
- No Great Mischief champions the importance of a family’s loyalty and love for each other. This is shown through many acts of familial solidarity in the novel. However, the significance placed on the quote “no great mischief if they fall” and the meaning behind it create a warning. This quote, both in the title and the text, reference history repeating itself. It expresses a dichotomy of traditional values and modern society. It also warns against misguided loyalty, isolation, and correlating one’s self-worth with their proximity to clann Chalum Ruaidh.... [tags: Family, Sociology, Scottish clan, James Wolfe]
1219 words (3.5 pages)
- This is a tale of motoring mischief in Indianapolis, behind the wheel of two modern muscle cars. During a recent trip with our test driver Troy Castaneda, we had the opportunity to get to spend 7 days driving a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS with a brief stint in a 2010 Dodge Challenger (V6 base model). We were in town to attend one of Troy’s major karting races and being in the city famous for the Indy 500 we had to have a go at the official pace car of the race, the Camaro SS. Arriving late into Indy, we proceeded to the rental car counter to claim our SS only to find that our car would be unavailable until the next day as it was due for an oil change.... [tags: Automobile Review ]
990 words (2.8 pages)
- Steinberg 1 The Great depression was a global catastrophe that impacted tens of millions of people spanning 10 years. As America’s economy was flourishing prior to this collapse many experts agree that banking played a crucial and single-handedly one of the most important roles into what caused the Great Depression. Furthermore, author Jim Luke, a professor for over 12 years teaching economics at Lansing Community College, in his article “Banks Failures: The 1920’s and The Great Depression” states that, “Americans lost nearly 20% of their deposits when the banks failed.... [tags: New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Unemployment]
1222 words (3.5 pages)
- “The Boat”, narrated by a Mid-western university professor, Alistar MacLeod, is a short story concerning a family and their different perspectives on freedom vs. tradition. The mother pushes the son to embrace more of a traditional lifestyle by taking over the fathers fishing business, while on the other hand the father pushes the son to live more autonomously in an unconstrained manner. “The Boat” focuses on the father and how his personality influences the son’s choice on how to live and how to make decisions that will ultimately affect his life.... [tags: Dreams, Desires, Tradition]
560 words (1.6 pages)
- "Okay, I'm pretty sure agents are watching Hajji's rental car. They may even be watching the house. But me driving it away should spook them. Except, I'm not sure they'll turn on any sirens, so your cue will be when I honk the horn three times." Nate, the twins, and Hajji huddled together in the hiding place. Hours earlier the twins returned to the farm, reporting success. They had convinced the Reverend that they had a distressed soul who desperately needed emergency transportation. The Reverend hesitated due to their age, but after promising they wouldn't drive, and that the car would be returned, and that Will would attend church on Sunday for an entire month, he conceded.... [tags: Creative Writing Essay]
1376 words (3.9 pages)
- System Overview The Lake County Library System consists of an administrative office located in Tavares, nine member libraries, and six branch libraries. Member libraries include: Fruitland Park Library; Helen Lehmann Memorial Library in Montverde; Lady Lake Public Library; Leesburg Public Library; Marianne Beck Memorial Library in Howey-in-the-Hills; Minneola Schoolhouse Library; City of Tavares Public Library; Umatilla Public Library; and the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora. Branch libraries include: Astor County Library; Cagan Crossings Community Library in the Four Corners area; Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont; East Lake County Library in Sorrento; Marion Baysinger Memorial C... [tags: System Overview]
1892 words (5.4 pages)
- Digital Rights Mischief Imagine a world where media is kept privately. A world in which the books you read and the music you listen to is as protected as your social security number – maybe even more so. What if someone asked to borrow your laptop, the very place you kept your media. “This put Dan in a dilemma. He had to help her – but if he lent her his computer, she might read his books. Aside from the fact that you could go to prison for many years for letting someone else read your books, the very idea shocked him at first.... [tags: Ethics]
3406 words (9.7 pages)