In The Arabian Nights, how are the women portayed?

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Scheherazade herself is a prime example of the subordinate status of women in this culture. While often heralded, and rightly so, for her wit, energy, and resourcefulness, her situation is dire: her husband, the king, has decided all women are unfaithful after one wife is unfaithful to him. Therefore, he marries virgins, spends one night with them, and kills them the next day before they can betray him by sleeping with another man. This way of living is accepted in this society, which shows that women are largely regarded as objects owned by men. The men can dispose of them as they see fit. Scheherazade keeps herself alive by telling cliffhanger stories every night. The king wants to know what will happen next, so he refrains from killing her. However, she has no innate right to her own life. 

While many of the stories show active, resourceful women, there is never any doubt of the female's secondary status in this world. Women often end up getting killed. For example, in "The Second...

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