5 Examples of Literary Mischief

April Fool’s Day is one of my favorite times of the year, following Christmas, my birthday, and Halloween. It’s definitely in my top five.

During my childhood, I was the one putting sugar in the salt shakers and cellophane over the toilet. As a result, the literary characters with mischievous streaks ended up ranking high on my list of most beloved. Here are a few that stand out:

  • Tom Sawyer – This guy could punk friends like nobody’s business. Anyone who could turn a profit from being told to whitewash a fence as punishment is okay by me.
  • Puck – You can’t get more mischievous than turning someone into a donkey – unless you have the Fairy Queen fall in love with the ass! The way Puck treats poor Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream is classic mischief at its finest.
  • Carrie’s Classmates – It’s bad enough tricking someone into thinking they’re Prom Queen, but dumping pig’s blood over their head? It’s no wonder the title character of Stephen King’s classic horror novel sought revenge.
  • Gollum & Bilbo – Each half of this pair of Tolkien favorites tries to use riddles to his advantage. I wholly support this type of wordplay.
  • The Cat in the Hat – “My tricks are not bad,” said the Cat in the Hat. “Why, we can have lots of good fun, if you wish, with a game that I call UP-UP-UP with a fish!” (Enough said!)
Who are your favorite literary mischief makers? Let me know in the comments section below!

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