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Introduction

 

Jump to:

Read and answer the questions for The Wise Sayings of Saadi

Read and finish: The Doomed Prince

Timeline of important events:

2000 BC - Judaism emerges

1750 BC - Hammurabi's Code

700 BC - Zoroastorism spreads throught the region

500 BC - 657 AD - Persian Empire (during this time, both Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire take over)

490 BC - Battle of Marathon - Persian Empire looses to the Greeks

480 BC - The 300 Spartans make their stand against the return of the Persian Empire

50 AD - Christianity emerges

622 AD - Islam emerges

1000 - 1200 AD - the crusades

1299-1914 - Ottoman Empire

1948 - Israel gains independence

1967 - Six Day War - Israel defeats and attack by Egypt, Jordan, and Syria and claims the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Golan Heights

 

 

The Frame Story:

This book is a frame story. What is a frame story? It is a story that exists only so that you can tell several short stories that don't go together. The frame story for Arabian Nights is this:

The Sultan does not trust women. His wife cheated on him and he goes to his brother (also a king) for advice. While there, he and his brother discover that his brother's wife is cheating on him. So both men go on a trip to try and understand what is happening. While out, they discover a horrible and scary djinn (genie). The djinn is asleep, so they are going to try and sneak away, but discover a woman near the monster. Assuming she is held captive, they sneak in and try to help her be free, but she does not want to leave. She is the djinn's wife. However, she forces them to sleep with her or else she will wake her husband and claim they attacked her.

When the men leave, they are determined that nowhere lives a woman who would not cheat. Even the genie couldn't make his wife be faithful. The brother decides to just be done with women altogether and be forever single.

The sultan, though,hates them. However, he must get married by law, so he marries a woman every so often and then kills her the next morning.

Scheherazade decides she can stop this madness and places herself into a position to get married. That night, she begins to tell the Sultan a story. At the most exciting part, she says she is sleepy. The Sultan wants to hear the rest of the story, so he lets her live. She does this every night for 1001 nights. Finally she runs out of stories. The Sultan has long decide he loves her and decides she will not die. They live happily ever after.

 

 

The Tales:

All the stories used where adapted from Candlelight Tales and used with permission. I encourage you to go there and read more tales from Arabian Nights if you are interested.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Persepolis Extra Credit Assignments
There are three possible assignments with this link.

 

 

 

In Chapter 2, Satrapi mentions that her favorite comic book was Dialectic Materialism. This book is available in English as Marx for Beginners. The ironic thing is that this book is not available for free here. You must buy it. Marx would be proud...

Click on the pictures to see them larger. It's no Spider-Man, so don't get your hopes up to high...

 

In chapter 5, Satrapi mentions her favorite author as being Darvishian. She calls him a local Charles Dickens. You probably recognize the name of Charles Dickens. He wrote A Christmas Carol (Scrooge). He was known for writing about the plight of the poor and lower class. This is why Darvishian is compared to him. Look at the types of stories that he wrote.

Darvishian

 

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

If you like the first book, you may be interested in the sequel.

Questions

The questions require you to answer some before doing any reading. You have two choices. You can answer them on Google Docs / Driveby making a copy and placing it in your personal English II collection (this is preferred if you can do it), or you can download an Open Office version, save it with your name, and e-mail me the one you wrote your answers on.

My e-mail is marcus.alford@orange.k12.nc.us

 

 

You can click the logo to go to the Google Docs version of the chapter. It shoudl already be in your Google Docs shared collections (inside World Literature Texts / Middle East)

Chapter 1

 

 

Chapter 2

 

 

Chapter 3

 

 

Chapter 4

 

 

Chapter 5

 

 

 

Chapter 6

 

 

Chapter 7