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I will be interpreting the coyotes in Prodigal Summer from the eyes of Lewis Hyde.  Coyotes are misunderstood by the characters in Prodigal Summer because they fall prey to the Coyotes' trickster ways.  As a trickster, coyotes will take on multiple roles within a setting, for example Eddie Bondo interprets coyotes as the enemy and predator while Deanna feels they are the victim and should be protected.  They take on these roles in order for survival and to learn from their mistakes.  Coyotes survive the traps set out by all the farmers because they are motivated by their appetite to not be tricked more than once.  Therefore, even though the farmers set out more and more traps, coyotes still thrive and possibly endanger their livestock. 

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