Essay on Women 's Effects On Men

1463 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
In both The Thousands and One Nights and Wife of Bath’s Tale, women become powerful by gaining an authoritarian role by being submissive to their husband, but it is done by sacrificing themselves for others, and giving into men’s desires. Ultimately their submissiveness to their husband is important because it can be used as a leverage for protection and higher social status that may have not been available otherwise. Women’s effects on men are portrayed as positive in both texts due to the characters changing the lives of men in a positive way. Shahrazad and Alysoun are both similarly, for a varied amount of reasons, able to engage with men above their social status, and the working class because of the way they present themselves. The way they present themselves has a positive impact on how men react to them. Ironically, it is the women who is submissive to men in order to get into their circle, but is also the men in the end who becomes submissive to what women ultimately want in these stories.

Both novels, however, examine the role of women and their authority over men in society; eventually, Shahrazad and Alysoun differ from each other, Shahrazad uses her ability of storytelling to save herself and other women from Shahriyar’s deranged murders, whereas Alysoun uses her helplessness in order to achieve supreme authority over her fifth husband.

In The Thousand and One Nights, Shahrazad is the vizier’s daughter, she’s very intelligent and has read many books of…

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