The Thousand And One Nights Essay

1126 words - 5 pages

Michael Tindal
Dr. Hirsch-Thomas
English 208-A01
29 April, 2013
Paper 2
Fancy Shmancy Title
When a person becomes trapped in a situation that stems from an individual with greater authority, being manipulative can be a very promising method to escape. The Thousand and One Nights does a very good job of being a good example of someone in this situation that uses stories within a story to capture encapsulate the attention of the reader. Despite the many little stories that go into the text, the main story behind it all is about a king named King Shahrayar and how he goes insane after catching his wife having sexual relations with a slave. After he sees this happen, he realizes that he can never trust any woman again and none of them are trustworthy. By expressing his views on women, he decides to marry a different woman every night, then the next morning have them killed by beheading. This is an ongoing event that brings death to most of the women in the village. Soon after, the king’s Vizier’s daughter, Shahrazad, came up with a brilliant idea that will end up saving her fellow countrywomen and hopefully keep the king from murdering so many innocent people. Her method behind all this is by telling the kind a different story every night that leaves him on a cliffhanger, making him curious enough to keep her alive for another day to continue her story. Shahrazad keeps herself spared from the king because of her cunning, and compassionate personality.
Shahrazad is kept alive mainly because of her vast knowledge of the king, allowing her to plan her escape precisely and with skill. Shahrazad is a scholar, so says the narrative, and is very aware of what will capture the king’s attention enough to spare her every night, because: “[She] had read the books of literature, philosophy, and medicine. She knew poetry by heart…and was aquainted with the saying of men and the mazims of sages and kings” (562). She knows that she will be able to keep the king at her mercy of the stories, using them to convince him to keep her alive without him knowing of the scheme. The Vizier eventually lets the king know that he can take Shahrazad, she tells her sister: “Listen…When I go to the king, I will send for you, and when you come and see that the king has finished with me, say, ‘Sister, if you are not sleepy, tell us a story” (566). By doing this, it shows the audience that she has carefully planned everything out to this point. By not only using her well thought out plan of telling the king stories, she also uses sexual pleasure to aide in the scheme.
By using the king’s sexual desires against him, she is able to keep herself alive night after night. Typically, for married couples, the first wedding night consist of sex. The text says that: “The king sent for [Dinarzad], who came and went to sleep under the bed” their first night of marriage (566). This is suggesting that Dinarzad takes part in the sexual acts that go on with the king and Shahrazad. It is almost...

Find Another Essay On The Thousand and One Nights

Gender and Power in The Arabian Nights

1572 words - 6 pages -thousand and one nights to be full of story telling. Instead of continuing to take wives and kill them, the king is sucked in by Scheherazade's intriguing stories for the following three years. Thus, Scheherazade has empowered herself beyond any male character in the story, and indeed has more impact on the story than any of the men. Through her striking empowerment, Scheherazade even saves her own life, as well as those of any other virgins the king

Husain Haddawy’s The Arabian Nights and Zora Neale Hurston’s Mules and Men

2202 words - 9 pages work, one translates oneself; the little Arab boy who listened to the Thousand and One Nights has become the English storyteller. (xxix) Through translating the Arabic folktales he unites his past role as the "little Arab boy" with his present role as the "English storyteller," essentially re-telling his favorite stories to an English audience through the lense of the "little Arab boy" that he once was and discovers he still is. For Haddawy

The Arabian Nights Curiosity, Fate, and Free Will on the Limitations of Humanity

1714 words - 7 pages Producing both beneficial and harmful outcomes, curiosity seems both a vice and virtue in The Arabian Nights, specifically in "The Third Dervish's Tale". Its effects are contradictory, which produces an ambiguity around the nature of curiosity. This ambiguity reflects the theme of Fate versus free will by creating situations that lead to questions, specifically, "How much of one's life is controlled by destiny and how much is controlled by

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream and L. Frank Baum's The Wizard Of Oz

1369 words - 5 pages William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream and L. Frank Baum's The Wizard Of Oz L. Frank Baum is the author of one of the most magical fairy tales ever brought to our screens. A series of books were written and in 1939 created into a film. It was a masterpiece that was to be one of the biggest films ever made, enjoyed by children and adults all over the world. There are many reasons why this film has the element of

Deleuze and Guatarri discussion of the Rhizome in "A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia"

1121 words - 4 pages In the introductory essay of their book "A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia", Deleuze and Guatarri introduce a new conceptual model they call "The Rhizome." An idea which at first is difficult to grasp yet is very descriptive of many real-life systems. A rhizome is a network of interconnected points that "can be connected to anything other, and must be" as such, it varies "from ramified surface extension in all directions to

Comparing A Thousand Splendid Sons and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2343 words - 9 pages anyone talking about it in such a positive light. Then, considering the nature of the obstacles Mariam and Laila faced, one might suppose Laila may never forget the sad memories from her past. It comes as a surprise when Laila says Mariam's memory shines within her with the intensity of a thousand splendid suns. No matter where on the planet you’re located, the sun will rise a thousand times. Whether it is in Canada, or Afghanistan, the light will

Paratextual Features and Functions: Mapping Amorphis Tales from the Thousand Lakes

936 words - 4 pages and Christ’s functions to explore paratextual features present in the booklet of the album Tales From the Thousand Lakes, by Finnish folk metal band Amorphis. I will use some elements of macroanalysis (Jockers, 2013), a new approach to studying digital literature that combines human interpretation with computational analysis of key words and linguistic patterns. By applying that method, I will attempt to identify paratextual elements in the

Explains Giuseppe Garibaldi's whole life. How he created the Thousand men army and how he expanded

394 words - 2 pages Garibaldi and the ThousandThe kingdom of the Two Sicilies was made up of the southern half of the Italian Peninsula and the island of Sicily. Bourbon tribes tried to conqueror this kingdom, but unfortunately it was not an easy target. This kingdom started to become a target of Italian nationalists which later conquered it with the help of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Garibaldi is Italy's most brilliant soldier of the Risorgimento and an excellent

The relationship between children and parents from the 2 essays: Nights Below Station Street and Joy Luck Club

1329 words - 5 pages Children and Parent's relationshipIn the modern society, there is often a lack of communication between parents and their children. One can simply open the daily newspaper to find teenagers committing suicide or various crimes due to stress derived from family issues. These incidents reveal the importance of parents' communication with their children. Love for their children is within every parent, which is frequently revealed through the

The Difference between Westernization Beauty and of that in Japanese Aesthetics Presented in the Novel, Thousand Cranes by Yasunari Kawabata

1377 words - 6 pages generations have their own tales and history behind them. “An old bowl, which at any moment might be broken, holds what disappears and what wears, like story and stone,” (Ames) In the beginning of Thousand Cranes , the protagonist, Kikuji, is being served and drinking out of one of his father’s favorite tea ceremony bowls. That bowl is “a black Oribe”. This dates to Rikyu himself,” who is widely credited with establishing the quiet, simple ceremony

Discuss the Roles of Landscape in Tess of the Durbevilles and A Thousand Splendid Suns - Campion - Essay

470 words - 2 pages Discuss the role of landscape in the novel, how do descriptions of place match the development of the story? Does the passing of the seasons play any symbolic role? A Thousand Splendid Suns Page 9- ‘He sounds like a warden bragging about the clean walls and shiny floors of his prison.’ Shows Jalil’s shame over Mariam and Nana, he ostracises them in the Kolba, so they cannot escape. Noun ‘prison’ highlights how Jalil blames and condemns both for

Similar Essays

A Thousand And One Nights Essay

763 words - 4 pages A frame tale is a smaller tale inside of a larger story. In the Prologue of The Thousand and One Nights, The King named Shahrayar witnessed his very unfaithful wife by making love with another man. Because of this eventful tragedy, Shahrayar decides to have his wife killed because of her unfaithful acts. The man that killed his wife, named Vizer, once the dead was done by killing his wife, Vizer had a new job which was to find a new women to

The Thousand And One Nights In The Works Of Twain

1328 words - 5 pages The Thousand and One Nights is the most important influence on the works of Mark Twain. The Thousand and One Nights or The Arabian Nights is a collection of 264 stories and tales that have become classics in world literature. In the early 18th century the collection was translated into French which made it available to the West(Bloom’s). The major frame story in The Thousand and One Nights is the story of Scheherazade. She was the wife of King

Woman Character Of The Odyssey, Medea, And Thousand And One Arabian Nights

1377 words - 6 pages Literature is the key to our world or language. Many writers have emerged from this subject such as Homer who wrote The Odyssey and Euripidies who wrote about the evil Medea. Also mentioned in this paper are the Thousand and One Arabian Nights which is a collection of folktales and stories that are compiled into one. Each of these works of literature has a woman character that has many similarities in solving their problems. In The Odyssey the

Social Map Of Japanese Translation Of One Thousand And One Nights During Edo Period

4955 words - 20 pages Mohamed Hassan ElnobyComparative literatureGraduate school of social-cultural studies, Kyushu University.alnoby109@yahoo.comOne thousand and one nights has an influence on modern Japanese literature. George Fyler Townsend's revised edition of the one thousand and one nights was the first European literary work to be translated into the Japanese language during the Meiji era, by Nagamine Hideki in 1875, But there is an information emerges from