Monday, September 21, 2015

Reading Diary A: Arabian Nights

I chose to read the Arabian Nights unit. The most interesting aspect of these stories to me is how all of the different layers form to create more complex stories. You have the main story about the grand vizir's daughter and the sultan, but then you have all the super complex stories that she tells him. Each story spins into another story within a story within another story and it is all just so cleverly written that it is amazing when it comes back a layer and you remember that the story you were just reading was not the main story that the Arabian Nights was about. I also find it interesting that this story paints a woman to be clever and cunning. I feel like the time back when this is talking about that women were not really viewed as much more than property so for this story to paint the grand vizir's daughter to be more cunning than the men in the tale is really kind of a big deal. I can't wait to read more of her stories!


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