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Similarities and Comparison Essay In Colston's school, year eleven has recently performed the play 'Arabian Nights', in which I played the roles of a sleeper, an envious sister, a forbidding voice, a little girl and a narrator. In the following essay, I am going to compare the differences and similarities between 'Arabian Nights' and the well known Shakespearean tragedy, 'Macbeth', which we studied earlier this year. Firstly, both 'Macbeth' and 'Arabian Nights' are set in very different places in different periods of time. 'Macbeth' was set in the 12th Century in Scotland where as 'Arabian Nights' was set in 1000 BC in the middle-east. In both plays, the leading man is influenced in some way by a woman. ...read more.


In 'Arabian Nights', women are too scared to go outside through fear that the King will marry them before shortly beheading them. Similarly to Macbeth, the Kings actions also affect the whole country. Both plays have a supper natural element. In 'Macbeth' the audience is compelled almost from the start to hate the witches as they see how the witched help determine Macbeth's downfall, however in 'Arabian Nights' the audience are taken in by the magical sleepers and birds. Although both plays contain supernatural factors, the witches in 'Macbeth' are seen as evil and vindictive where as the sleepers, birds and genies in 'Arabian Nights' are neither good nor evil, they are simply 'being'. ...read more.


Macbeth's wife forced him to commit the murder and consequently Macbeth's mind became tortured and he was later killed. The King in 'Arabian Nights' only became evil and had women executed after he discovered his wife was having an affair. The religions in 'Macbeth' and 'Arabian Nights' are completely different. In 'Macbeth' there is a strong Christian theme as Lady Macbeth tries to hide her actions from God. There is also some talk on the divine right of kings. In 'Arabian Nights', there is reference to 'Allah' who is from the Muslim faith. To conclude, there are a number of similarities and differences between 'Macbeth' and 'Arabian Nights', these include; setting; super natural elements; influence by a woman; fall from greatness; the effect their actions have on their country; religion; structure and many more. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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