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The Arabian Nights

In One Thousand and One Nights, what is the effect of the narrator of the tales being a woman, and are these stories...

The tales Scheherazade tells are spoken through a distant objective narrator who doesn't add comments or illumination (the opposite of a Jane Austen written narrator). Therefore the gender of the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2010 12:27 am UTC

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Discuss the theme of deception in the story The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton.

Like folktales around the world, a main theme in Burton's translations of a group of middle eastern stories called The Arabian Nights is deception. These stories of deception are examples of...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2020 1:51 pm UTC

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In The Thousand and One Nights, how does Shahrayar's wife's infidelity affect how he reacts to Shahrazad's...

Shahrazad's storytelling, especially at first, involves tales in which men have lost their good sense and judgment because they allowed themselves to be tricked rather than falling to any natural...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2015 10:53 am UTC

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While Shahrazad is indeed trying to stay alive through her storytelling, she has a greater purpose for telling...

By telling stories to Shahrayer, Shahrazad is putting her virtuosic mastery as a storyteller to the most dramatic test imaginable. She is also making an ambitious claim to rule, which succeeds when...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 8:25 pm UTC

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In The Arabian Nights, what kind of acts do the three sisters commit that scare the porter and the other men so much,...

When the ladies in The Arabian Nights' tale of "The Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad," invite the group into their home to be fed, each visitor must make a promise: Whoso speaketh of what...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2012 6:40 am UTC

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Provide a characterization of Shahrazad from The Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights).

Shahrazad is a courageous and compassionate trickster. A trickster is a traditional figure in literature who has little power but nevertheless survives by having greater wits and intelligence than...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2020 12:30 pm UTC

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How are women protrayed in regards to sexuality and marriage in The Arabian Nights?

One should bear in mind that The Arabian Nights is a reflection of the culture in which it was written. And that culture—deeply traditional—assigned women a lowly, subordinate status. Little...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018 10:26 am UTC

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Please provide a character analysis of one of the characters in The Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton. 

Scheherazade in The Arabian Nights is both a classic trickster character and an exemplary heroic figure. Educated, beautiful, compassionate, courageous, and highly intelligent, Scheherazade steps...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2020 10:42 pm UTC

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In The Arabian Nights, how are the women portayed?

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:...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2017 12:39 pm UTC

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In The Arabian Nights, how are we to understand Shahrayar's madness. Does it make sense—are male egos in...

In The Arabian Nights, or One Thousand and One Nights, Shahrayar's fury is understandable—once the Sultan realizes he can trust Scheherazade, his heart is softened by love. "Madness" is a form of...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2012 2:48 am UTC

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What is the relationship between the tale of the bull and the Ass in current society?

The Tale of the Bull and the Ass from the Arabian Nights is, like any fable, intended to have universal relevance. The story contains several incidents. First, a merchant who can understand the...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2020 9:04 am UTC

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Scheherazade in The Arabian Nights is a better storyteller than her father. She convinces the audience and he...

Let us remember that in the framing narrative that encompasses the many different stories that are told, Scheherazade has much more reason and motive to tell much more convincing stories than her...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 3:06 pm UTC

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What stereotypes or power fantasies does Shahrazad express in The Arabian Nights, and what does the work suggest...

The book's main narrative establishes from the beginning the hypocrisy of gender-based power dynamics in the world of the tales. In the backstory, King Shahryar’s first wife has just been executed...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2020 6:29 pm UTC

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Defend the following statement: "The Thousand and One Nights confronts virtually universal prejudices against women...

The Thousand and One Nights is in many ways a double text: it reflects and upholds gender stereotypes and universal prejudices against women—and it subverts them. A main way it does both is through...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020 3:26 pm UTC

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In The Arabian Nights or A Thousand and One Nights, Shahrayar and Shahzaman are appalled by the actions of their...

In The Arabian Knights, brothers (and sultans) are victims of adulterous wives...and both kill them. Then they marry a new wife each day and have her executed in the morning, after spending the...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2012 3:00 pm UTC

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What specific examples does The Thousand and One Nights tell us about the statues of women in Arabian society? How...

Well, it's not pretty. The women are treated as complete sexual objects and the property of men. Here are three prime examples from "The Story of King Shahrayar and Shahrazad." 1) "What do you...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2007 12:04 pm UTC

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Defend the following statement: The Thousand and One Nights is essentially a sexist, misogynist text that re-affirms...

One Thousand and One Nights can be seen as a misogynist text because it depicts women being objectified and exploited by men. For example, consider how throughout the tales a woman’s power is based...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020 4:48 pm UTC

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Defend this perspective on the reading: The Thousand and One Nights, or The Arabian Nights, is not sexist in itself...

The Thousand and One Nights, also known as The Arabian Nights, is a collection of Middle Eastern and Asian stories, whose origins range from the medieval to the ancient. The collection is organized...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020 5:23 pm UTC

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How does Shahrayar interrogate his own views, and ultimately change his perspective in The Arabian Nights? How do his...

When we meet Shahrayar, he is portrayed as a cruel, powerful ruler. After the betrayal (and resulting execution) of his wife, Shahrayar marries a new woman every day. However, to avoid further...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2015 8:39 am UTC

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Where is there proof in The Arabian Nights of the author's attempts to sway the audience toward a more progressive...

Feminism is defined as... ...the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. We might infer that in a "feminist's way of thinking" the tale offers reasoning within the...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 3:46 pm UTC

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Describe and explain the portrayal of women within "The Arabian Nights" (Thousand and One Nights). Use the literary...

Like many contemporary schools of criticism, Gender Studies assumes that there are no disinterested story tellers. Gender is one lens by which we can see someone shaping the meaning of the story to...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 3:16 am UTC

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Is it possible to get hold of a summary of ALL the original 1001 nights stories in A Thousand and One Nights?

One of the websites listed below has a large collection of the stories. However, I do not believe it is possible to get all 1,001 stories. There are many tales that have been lost over time. There...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012 5:45 am UTC

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I am having a hard time analyzing the role of women in Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights. How do the...

The dominant characteristic of women in these stories that allows them to overcome adversity is their quick wit, keen intelligence and adaptability. This is evident in Aladdin's mother at the very...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013 9:57 pm UTC

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