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Greed, Love, And Wishes Essay

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“Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” one of the many stories included in Aladdin and Other Favorite Arabian Nights Stories, inspired Walt Disney Feature Animation’s 1992 classic Aladdin. Because both of these works are geared towards children, they were adapted from Scheherazade’s original version in A Thousand and One Nights. Even though Disney’s Aladdin and “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” tell their own version of Scheherazade’s story, they still hold true to her story and CONVEY the same morals and themes. An analysis of the various character’s actions in Disney’s Aladdin and Dover Children’s Thrift Classics’ Aladdin and Other Favorite Arabian Nights Stories reveals that both works portray ...view middle of the document...

Jafar fails to realize that in making this wish he has cast himself over to forever be a slave of the lamp. Similarly, in “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” the magician unleashes deception and devastation upon those who stand in his way. Consumed by greed, the magician betrays Aladdin’s trust when he claims to be his late father’s brother and takes him to the Cave of Wonders and leaves Aladdin trapped there to die. The magician discovers Aladdin escaped from the cave with the lamp. As a result, the magician tricks the princess into giving him the magic lamp. Then, the magician transports Aladdin’s palace with his wife back to Africa, where the magician lives because he wants to keep the lamp and the princess all to himself. Devastated over his wife’s kidnapping, Aladdin sets out to find the sinful magician. Because of his obsession with wanting the lamp for the genie and the princess for his bride, the magician does not foresee Aladdin and the princess’s plot to kill him. The princess poisons the magician’s wine; as a result, the magician dies when he drinks from his cup. Consequently, the magician could not live without harnessing the powers from the genie of the lamp; therefore, in his attempts to retrieve the lamp from Aladdin, he dies. Both Jafar from Disney’s Aladdin and the magician from “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” succumb to their inability to be satisfied with the blessings they attain. Eventually, this inability kills them.
Additionally, Disney’s Aladdin and “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” demonstrate how love can conquer any obstacle. In Disney’s Aladdin, princess Jasmine falls in love with Aladdin, who is pretending to be a prince to win her affection. When Jasmine discovers the truth about Aladdin’s identity of being a “street rat,” it does not change the way she feels about him. The law in Agrabah states that a princess must marry a prince. However, Jasmine chooses Aladdin as her suitor and shows her father that she truly loves Aladdin. In the end, her father, the sultan, changes the law, so Jasmine can marry Aladdin. Another example of how love conquers all in Disney’s Aladdin happens when Aladdin risks his own life to rescue Princess Jasmine and her father from the villainous Jafar. Likewise, in “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” Aladdin scours the deserts of Africa in search of his bride and palace that have been captured by the malicious magician. Adventurous Aladdin ventures all the way from China in search of his wife because he loves her. He fell in love with her the first time he saw her on her way to the baths in the market. Aladdin uses the ring the magician gave him to summon the Genie of the Ring. This genie helps Aladdin locate his missing palace, which contains his bride and the...

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