Creative Writing and Critical Thinking

The Influence of The Arabian Nights on the 20th Century.

Last resort for the vestiges of The Arabian Nights to come to an end; as thrilling as it turned the entire Western culture successful, it was the twentieth century that witnessed the completion of the influence as to began to fill in the emptiness of the other visions whose work had not been so popular and enthusiastic as the other figures.

The British poet Rudyard Kipling wrote several stories and poems and as a deep dedication to his daughter; he commenced writing an entire collection of stories called “Just So Stories” (1902) in an Anthropomorphic pattern of animals transformation over the times, this collection came in a form of a bedtime fairy tales, and Rudyard flavoured the plot with some of the Orientalism materials.

The Jinni character that appeared in the “How the Camel Got His Hump” The story of a lazy camel whose hump; awkwardly grew because of his reluctance, he spent a long time skipping work and eating whatever came across him, which caused the Jinni to bring upon him the hump he always wanted; through a magic trick he performed:

The Djinn sat down, with his chin in his hand, and began to think a Great Magic, while the Camel looked at his own reflection in the pool of water […….] said the Djinn; and he went on thinking Magics, with his chin in his hand

The interference of Magic and the talking animals; though expressed in a complete different dimension than ever existed in the plateau of The Arabian Nights, specialized Rudyard’s work as one of the best short stories; poems composer of his times.
The British writer Herbert George; known as H.G Wells, famous of other genres like novels; politics and history, Wells wrote in a total respect to the Arabian Nights “The Sleeper Awakened” his own version of it as he named it “The Sleeper Awakes” This had photocopied the protagonist in the Arabian version where Abu Al-Hassan sleeps for a very long time; he then wakes up to a slavish kingship of Baghdad, Wells herein is apparently moved by both plot and setting; and draws the same picture of his protagonist Graham that wakes up after having slept for approximately two hundred and three years to a wealth that the parliament took advantage of, then he starts fighting back throughout the novel, Wells did claim the Graham’s confusion in a short conversation with his traitor friend Ostrog:
I wonder,” said Graham. Ostrog stared.
Must the world go this way?” said Graham, with his emotions at the speaking point. “Must it indeed
go in this way? Have all our hopes been vain?”
What do you mean?” said Ostrog. “Hopes?”
I came from a democratic age. And I find an aristocratic tyranny!”
Well, — but you are the chief tyrant.”
Graham shook his head.

While a far point of view that reduced the seduction of The Arabian Nights influence to some of the researchers, whose characterization did not seem to cooperate the Western ideology’s conclusions of the exoticism and the depravity the Orientals showed in their fairy tales, the founder of the Postcolonial Studies and the prominent critic of Orientalism in its figure of distortion in accordance to what he stood for was Edward Said, in his book of “The Discourse of the Orientals” He stated: “The Orient was almost a European invention, and had been since antiquity a place for romance, exotic beings, haunting memories and landscapes, remarkable experiences.

Though the conflicting feuds in between supporters and adversaries continued to boom over the development of the Orientalism in the twentieth century, the echo of the successful wave of The Arabian Nights came to a very new millennium as being exposed to theatre in the same picturesque way it was first apprehended and translated, the closest example was the Literature of the children when its easiness demanded for a worldwide known stories such as Sinbad the Sailor and Aladdin and the magic lamp, theatres and plays were the optimal resort, accustomed with the entire features Arabs had in life; clothing and traditions; desert scenarios and multiple acts of the multi-national identities all came on stage of many countries.

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