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One thousand nights and one night


One Thousand and One Nights Arabic: It is often known in English as the Arabian Nightsfrom the first English-language edition c. The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

Some tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval ArabicPersianGreekIndianJewish and Turkish [3] folklore and literature.

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A Thousand Taleswhich in turn relied partly on Indian elements. The stories proceed from this original tale; some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord. Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1, or more. The bulk of the text is in prose, although verse is occasionally used for songs and riddles and to express heightened emotion.

Most of the poems are single couplets or quatrainsalthough some One thousand nights and one night longer.

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In his bitterness and grief, he decides that all women are the same. Eventually the vizierwhose duty it is to provide them, cannot find any more virgins. On the night of their marriage, Scheherazade begins to tell the king a tale, but does not end it. The king, curious about how the story ends, is thus forced to postpone her execution in order to hear the conclusion.

The next night, as soon as she finishes the tale, she begins another one, and the king, eager to hear the conclusion of that tale as well, postpones her execution once again.

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This goes on for one thousand and one nights, hence the name. The tales vary widely: Numerous stories depict jinnsghoulsapes[9] sorcerers, magicians, and legendary places, which are often intermingled with real people and geography, not always rationally.

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Common protagonists include the historical Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashidhis Grand VizierJafar al-Barmakiand the famous poet Abu Nuwasdespite the fact that these figures lived some years after the fall of the Sassanid Empirein which the frame tale of Scheherazade is set.

Sometimes a character in Scheherazade's tale will begin telling other characters a story of his "One thousand nights and one night," and that story may have another one told within it, resulting in a richly layered narrative texture.

The different versions have different individually detailed endings in some Scheherazade asks for a pardon, in some the king sees their children and decides not to execute his wife, in some other things happen that make the king distracted but they all end with the king giving his wife a pardon and sparing her life.

The narrator's standards for what constitutes a cliffhanger seem broader than in modern literature.

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