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e King Shahryar an important lesson meant to change his life – that all women are not the same, and the actions of one evil woman cannot be used to judge the virtue and morality of all women. The “Prologue” to the tales begins with King Shahryar firmly believing that all women are inherently deceptive, evil and immoral. The King’s solution to the misery his once beloved wife had caused him is to marry virgin girls and killing them after the first night. Scheherzade, the heroine of the Arabian Nights, vows to change his mind, and save her life as well as the life other girls of her land. Thus, this “Prologue” helps to establish the pivotal position of women in the entire series of events. A woman changed the King Shahryar’s life forever, and a woman will set it back to normal. The representation of women in the stories of Scheherzade is well planned and meant to achieve a certain purpose. The portrayal of women in Tales from the Thousand and One Nights is not restricted to one definite category – they are depicted in characters that range from wise to foolish, from greedy to sacrificing and from highly virtuous to deeply immoral. This arrayed depiction serves to highlight the fact that all women are not alike, and it is fallacious for anyone to form rigid judgments about the character of all women.
The order of the stories is significant in the representation of women. In the first few stories, women are depicted as evil and cunning. For instance, in “The Fisherman and the Jinee”, the destruction of the King of Black Isles is brought about by his wife. She is portrayed as an enchantress who not only has an adulterous affair with an Indian, but also uses her magic powers to perish her husband’s city, converting him into half stone. This character is also shown as the unnatural woman – a magician who defames the true essence of womanhood. A woman that does not love her husband, and fails to perform her duties as wife, thus, is represented as
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This essay considers the frame story in relation to a series of picture stories, examining the relation for a variety of literary and theoretical aspects. Within the overarching narrative structure of Tales from the Thousand and One Nights is the presentation of a frame story.
The stories depict the Arabian culture and society and the lives of the Muslim people. In English the compilation of stories is known as the Arabian Nights. It has gained popularity all over the world and is one of the most widely read literature. The stories describe the extreme patriarchal society among the Arabs and the Muslims.
The author states that magic is also central to the stories as there are characters with jinns, ghouls, wizards, magicians and even famous people of history. Fiction is intermingled with non-fiction. Then sometimes, these characters would intermingle within Scheherezade’s stories resulting to a rich narrative.
Psychoanalytic analysis of the madness of Shahrayar. King Shahryar’s actions in the book, “A Thousand and One Nights” shows evidence of what many psychoanalytic experts describe as human attitudes, mannerisms, experiences, and thoughts largely driven by irrational drives.
However, to understand the basic interpretation of the approach a little background research is needed.
The story of Thousand and One Nights is actually the compilation of stories by a queen Scheherazade to the king Shahryar in order to trick the king to keep her alive.
The stories come to us from Persia, Arabia, India and some other regions of Africa and Asia, known to be flourishing trade centers and routes in those times4 (The Arabian Nights).
An understanding of the times and culture of the region provides an insight into the political, economic and socio-cultural status and practices of the people and the influences of these factors on the folk tales of Arabian Nights5.
They are also considered to be powerful and persuasive, which only comes back to them not being able to be trusted. The story begins with King Sharayar and his chief vizier, Shahzaman. Both men, in a short amount of time from the other, have felt the pain and betrayal of their wives committing acts of infidelity.
The tales against the Islamic schools and theology are outlined and there is physical evidence that reveals the culture and religious struggle over Islam (Mahdi, 1995). The book depicts the urban Islamic culture based on all varieties and complexities. The tales