… 1001 NIGHTS
Summary: This essay deals with the role of Shehreyar in the Thousand and One Nights, discussing changes that occur in his character between the prologue and epilogue. It has one source.
One of literatures most enduring tales, The Thousand and One Nights centers round the storytelling capabilities of princess Scheherazade and its effect on the cruel King Shehreyar. This essay examines how the kings changes the cruel nature of his character by the end of the tale.
At the beginning of the book, we are presented with a very bleak picture of the Sassanid …
… for the decapitation, the King would send the executioner away. He became so reliant on the stories and the powerful charm and manner of his wife that one day he entirely forgot to tell the executioner to return. In this way, the cycle of death was effectively ended. By the end of the tale, we find the kings character has reverted to its old nature, and that he has succumbed to Scheherazades goodness and patience and love.
It shows us that the good that is inside every individual can never be extinguished. In the case of the …