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. Anything that the characters say or do usually has to do with family. The first time Alexander MacDonald, the narrator of the story, mentions family it is not his own. It is one of the immigrant families picking berries along the road that he is driving on (MacLeod 1). This point takes him directly into a slight mention of his own family: the grandmother (3). Since there is no main character in the book, it is thought to be the narrator. However, I wish to disagree with this fact and say that the real main character in this book is Alexander's brother, Calum, who lives in Toronto. The first time Calum is introduced, one of the first things to come out of his mouth is of family: "I have been thinking the last few days of Calum Ruadh," (11). We find out that Alexander has a close relationship with his brother and he drives to Toronto to visit him every weekend. This has become almost a tradition because he does not visit him to actually have a constructive conversation or to resolve a problem, although Calum has many of them, the most serious of which is drinking, but instead he visits him only for the sake of visiting him. It is also a tradition in that they do the same thing every time: they drink, not so much Alexander as Calum. We later find out that Alexander has a similar tradition set up with other family members. The most distinct of which is his relationship with his grandmother: Grandma. When he visits Grandma, it is always the same routine: they sing long Gaelic songs, like the
eaNo Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod – Topics and Themes
Identify and give the significance of terms. Identify and elaborate on the significance (i.e. connection to plot development, characterization, symbols, motifs, patterns, contrasts, literary devices, etc). Make specific reference to the novel.
*”All of us are better when we’re loved.” * chess set * Christy * Calum Ruadh house * James MacDonald * “No great mischief if they fall…” Margaret Laurence’s “lost languages”
*Catriona * the….
Literary Review: “No Great Mischief”
“All of us are better when we are loved”, this is one the main ideas that Alistair MacLeod wishes to convey in his first novel “No Great Mischief”. Born in Saskatchewan, the Canadian author makes a remarkable debut as a first class novelist. The book has prized him several awards including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Trillium Award among others. MacLeod conducted his studies in the University of New Brunswick and Notre Dame, where….
Is Calum a hero or villain? In Alistair MacLeod’s No Great Mischief, Alexander’s oldest brother commits violent crimes and by all accounts could be considered an antagonist, however, this is not the case. To outsiders Calum appears violent and rough, but within his clan he is their guiding compass. Calum is an intrepid leader who falls victim to his own history. He lacked guidance as a young man and this contributes to his later struggles with the law. Through anecdotes and flashbacks Calum is revealed….
Iodine clock reaction
This is the hydrogen peroxide/ potassium iodide ‘clock’ reaction. A solution of hydrogen peroxide is mixed with one containing potassium iodide, starch and sodium thiosulfate. After a few seconds the colourless mixture suddenly turns dark blue. This is one of a number of reactions loosely called the iodine clock. It can be used as an introduction to experiments on rates / kinetics.
This demonstration can be used at secondary level as an introduction….
The Mischief Rule is a rule of construction that judges can apply in statutory interpretation in order to discover Parliament's intention. In applying the rule, the court is essentially asking the question: what was the "mischief" that the previous law did not cover, which Parliament was seeking to remedy when it passed the law now being reviewed by the court?
The Mischief Rule is of narrower application than the golden rule or the plain meaning rule, in that it can only be used to interpret a….
The mischief rule is one of three rules of statutory construction traditionally applied by English courts. The other two are the “plain meaning rule” (also known as the “literal rule”) and the “golden rule.”
The main aim of the rule is to determine the "mischief and defect" that the statute in question has set out to remedy, and what ruling would effectively implement this remedy.
The rule was first laid out in a 16th-century ruling of the Exchequer Court.
traits: survival, identity, nature, humour, multiculturalism,urban vs. rural, and frontier life. Both Yann Martel’s novel Life of Pi and author Alistair MacLeod novel No Great Mischief show the understanding in the various elements of Canadian Literature. More specially the themes identity and survival, but MacLeod’s novel No Great Mischief shows a more thoroughly understanding of Canadian Literature and Canada itself.….
Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief
What is criminal trespassing and criminal mischief? They both are offences done intentionally, recklessly, and with negligence. Criminal trespass is going into a building by subterfuge or surreptitiously remaining in the building. Criminal mischief is damaging tangible property of another in a reckless or unknowing manner with fire, explosives, etc.
Criminal trespass is going in to a building by subterfuge or surreptitiously remaining in the building….
many lawyers. It has been said to be ‘….a rule against using intelligence in understanding language. Anyone who in ordinary life interpreted words literally, being indifferent to what the speaker or writer meant, would be regarded as a pedant, a mischief-maker or an idiot’. Such criticism, it is submitted, is misguided. For example, the Hotel Proprietors Act 1956 provides that in certain circumstances an hotel proprietor is liable for loss of or damage to guests’ property, but that this liability….
Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the mischief rule.
A strength of the mischief rule is that it helps to avoid absurd or harsh results. This is good because someone can be charged with something but if the literal rule was applied they could get away, but if the mischief rule is applied then the judge can change the meaning of the word and they wouldn’t get away with it. This happened in Smith v Hughes when prostitutes were soliciting men from a balcony but the act said they couldn’t do it….