1. How are we to understand Shahrayar’s madness? Does it make sense to you? That is, are male egos in macho societies that frail, or is his a special case?
Shahryar’s madness was caused by his wife sleeping with the chef. One human that has been cheated on will tell you that they are angry and mad! There is no denying this. Male egos are very frail, men just won’t admit that. Shahrayar’s case was not special because this happens all the time, except in this story he kills his wife, which has happened before sadly.
2. Both the vizier and his daughter, Shahrazad, tell tales that surround their human characters with important animals, but the animals play different roles in the imaginative worlds of father and daughter. Compare and contrast the powers attributed to the animal world in The Tale of the Ox and the Donkey and The Tale of the Merchant and His Wife with those described in The Story of the Merchant and the Demon. How may these differences reflect the contrasting visions of gender relations so central to The Thousand and One Nights?
The Story of the Merchant and the Demon was about how once everyone was human but because of their sins they were transformed into a certain type of animal, but they could still speak. Where in the Tale of the Ox and Donkey animals can speak to one another and plan together.
3. Do you believe the penalties suffered are appropriate to the sins committed in Dante’s Inferno? Why or why not?
I believe that the penalties suffered are appropriate. You do the crime, you do the time type of a deal. Dantes had the different levels of sins for each sinner. The worse the crime the worse the level. So it wasn’t that everyone was suffering the same punishment.