History Literature / Aladdin

27th Sep '17 2:50:11 PM Homemaderat
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** It is most likely set in one of China's far western provinces, such as Xinjiang, which has a culture similar to that of other parts of Central Asia.

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** It is If it was set in China it was most likely set in one of China's far western provinces, such as Xinjiang, which has a culture similar to that of other parts of Central Asia.Asia. Or among similar lines it could have originated in Central Asia among people with some but not complete knowledge of Chinese and Muslim traditions. Any number of intermediate versions could also be to blame as it could have been turned more Muslim as it spread through that part of the world but still kept the China as a vague far-east. Or Galland just goofed. Needless to say, with many tales like this with so much uncertainty it's fairly unknown whether these aluminum Christmas trees have a practical or chance explanation.



* WeAllLiveInAmerica: The story is set in China, but almost everyone is Muslim (and the one character who isn't is a Jew), there are no Buddhists or Confucians, all the characters have Arabic names and the monarchy is distinctly Muslim in style (a sultan with a vizier). It seems likely that the setting of "China" is meant simply to be a non-specific location far off to the east.

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* WeAllLiveInAmerica: The story is set in China, but almost everyone is Muslim (and the one character who isn't is a Jew), there are no Buddhists or Confucians, all the characters have Arabic names and the monarchy is distinctly Muslim in style (a sultan with a vizier). It seems likely Depending on the opinion of the tale's origin this could indicate a CriticalResearchFailure of the original teller or an indication of a yet-to-be-found Central Asian prototype that the setting of "China" is meant simply to be a non-specific location far off only got more Muslim as it spread to the east.Muslim world.
14th Jul '17 8:47:33 PM DoctorCooper
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* DeadPersonImpersonation: The more evil brother impersonates the old woman he has killed.



* EvilChancellor: Though not the main villain (as he is in Disney's Aladdin), the Grand Vizier is still something of a JerkAss ObstructiveBureaucrat who wants to get rid of Aladdin so that his own son can marry the princess. (Of course, JerkassHasAPoint; see the entry for CassandraTruth above.)

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* EvilChancellor: Though not the main villain (as he is in Disney's Aladdin), the Grand Vizier is still something of a JerkAss {{Jerkass}} ObstructiveBureaucrat who wants to get rid of Aladdin so that his own son can marry the princess. (Of course, JerkassHasAPoint; see the entry for CassandraTruth above.)
16th May '17 10:24:33 AM jamespolk
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* {{Fanfiction}}: If Galland ''did'' write this story himself--and again, there's no hard evidence of that, see CanonImmigrant above--then this would be Galland writing an original story in the style of the Arabian Nights, and one of the oldest examples of Fanfiction ever.
30th Apr '17 11:28:41 AM MarsPlatypus
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* CanonImmigrant: "Aladdin" wasn't originally a part of ''The Book of Literature/OneThousandAndOneNights'' (a.k.a. the ''Arabian Nights''); in fact there is no documented source for it before it was first printed in Antoine Galland's French translation of the book in 1710. Galland claimed to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller; but there is no hard evidence for that story and and there are those who believe he made it up himself.

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* CanonImmigrant: "Aladdin" wasn't originally a part of ''The Book of Literature/OneThousandAndOneNights'' (a.k.a. the ''Arabian Nights''); in fact there is no documented source for it before it was first printed in Antoine Galland's French translation of the book in 1710. Galland claimed to have heard it from a Syrian storyteller; but there is no hard evidence for that story and and there are those who believe he made it up himself.
25th Apr '17 4:10:48 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CrazedProprietor: When Aladdin is out hunting, the sorcerer disguises himself as an old woman exchanging old lamps for new ones. This creates a commotion, attracting the princess' attention. Then one of her handmaidens mentions they have an old beat-up lamp in their palace, and exchanges the genie's lamp for a regular lamp.



* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: Aladdin himself, though part of it may be ValuesDissonance - a lot of the heroes of the 1001 Nights were unafraid to be callous or ruthless. Most notably: in order to get the princess away from her betrothed Aladdin sends his djinn to kidnap and torment them both every night, until they come to the conclusion that the marriage is cursed and split up - at which point he swoops in and romances her.

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* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: InsaneProprietor: When Aladdin is out hunting, the sorcerer disguises himself as an old woman exchanging old lamps for new ones. This creates a commotion, attracting the princess' attention. Then one of her handmaidens mentions they have an old beat-up lamp in their palace, and exchanges the genie's lamp for a regular lamp.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
Aladdin himself, though part of it may be ValuesDissonance - a lot of the heroes of the 1001 Nights were unafraid to be callous or ruthless. Most notably: in order to get the princess away from her betrothed Aladdin sends his djinn to kidnap and torment them both every night, until they come to the conclusion that the marriage is cursed and split up - at which point he swoops in and romances her.
4th Sep '16 5:55:57 AM Tightwire
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Like most folktales, "Aladdin" has undergone some major revisions, but the original story is as follows: Aladdin is a poor young man from a Chinese city (Chinese InNameOnly. The setting is completely Islamic), living with his mother and making a living as a pickpocket. One day, an evil Maghreb sorcerer approaches him, claiming to be his father's brother. He gives Aladdin a ring and tricks him into entering a booby-trapped magic cave to retrieve [[MacGuffin a fancy oil lamp]], but when Aladdin insists on getting out of the cave before handing over the lamp, the sorcerer flies into a rage and tosses him back down into the cave. Fortunately for Aladdin, the ring the sorcerer lent him is a [[RingOfPower Magic Ring]] that, when rubbed, releases a [[GenieInABottle Djinni]] who brings him home, along with the lamp. When he gets home, Aladdin's mother starts cleaning the lamp, releasing a far more powerful Djinni who grants Aladdin his every wish.

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Like most folktales, "Aladdin" has undergone some major revisions, but the original story is as follows: Aladdin is a poor young man from a Chinese city (Chinese InNameOnly. The setting is completely Islamic), living with his mother and making a living as a pickpocket. One day, an evil Maghreb sorcerer approaches him, claiming to be his father's brother. He gives Aladdin a ring and tricks him into entering a booby-trapped magic cave to retrieve [[MacGuffin a fancy an old oil lamp]], but when Aladdin insists on getting out of the cave before handing over the lamp, the sorcerer flies into a rage and tosses him back down into the cave. Fortunately for Aladdin, the ring the sorcerer lent him is a [[RingOfPower Magic Ring]] that, when rubbed, releases a [[GenieInABottle Djinni]] who brings him home, along with the lamp. When he gets home, Aladdin's mother starts cleaning the lamp, releasing a far more powerful Djinni who grants Aladdin his every wish.
19th Aug '16 1:36:54 PM penguinist
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* LoveAtFistSight: When the princess goes to the baths, the entire city is placed under lockdown, with anyone trying to look out punished by death. Aladddin, naturally, gets a good look at the princess and falls in love.

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* LoveAtFistSight: LoveAtFirstSight: When the princess goes to the baths, the entire city is placed under lockdown, with anyone trying to look out punished by death. Aladddin, naturally, gets a good look at the princess and falls in love.
23rd Jul '16 1:13:02 AM Chabal2
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* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: Just selling the dishes from a single genie-provided meal provides enough money for Aladdin and his mother to live for several months, even when being fleeced blind by the buyer. After Aladdin has his palace built, he leaves a single window unfinished (the others all have gems everywhere) so the sultan can finish it using his own treasury. The sultan sends his artisans and treasurer, who tell him there's not enough gold and jewels in their vaults to finish it.



* BerserkButton: The genies grant Aladdin's every last wish, but when he asks for a roc's egg (after the princess asks him, after the sorcerer tells her about it) the genie of the lamp blows up at him, only sparing him because it wasn't his idea.



* ChastityDagger: When Aladdin kidnaps the princess, he puts a big sword between them in bed to ensure he won't touch her.
* CrazedProprietor: When Aladdin is out hunting, the sorcerer disguises himself as an old woman exchanging old lamps for new ones. This creates a commotion, attracting the princess' attention. Then one of her handmaidens mentions they have an old beat-up lamp in their palace, and exchanges the genie's lamp for a regular lamp.



* DrivenToSuicide: Aladdin gets ready to drown himself, but remembers he should pray first. As he does, he rubs the magic ring on his finger, releasing the genie inside.



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Aladdin turns to crime, but his first instinct is always to make sure his mother is well cared for. Not that this stops him using her in his schemes.



* EvilSorcerer

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* EvilSorcererEvilSorcerer: Two of them, the first one and his more powerful brother.


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* LoveAtFistSight: When the princess goes to the baths, the entire city is placed under lockdown, with anyone trying to look out punished by death. Aladddin, naturally, gets a good look at the princess and falls in love.


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* ModestRoyalty: How Aladdin's mother catches the sultan's attention: though dressed like a pauper, she shows up every day at the audience until he finally wonders why she's there. Once called forth, she presents him with a big basket of enormous jewels, asking for her son to marry the princess.
18th Jun '16 10:03:35 PM Doug86
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* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: The lamp and ring. In fact, this is the inspiration behind the original Comicbook/GreenLantern, Alan Scott.

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* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: The lamp and ring. In fact, this is the inspiration behind the original Comicbook/GreenLantern, Franchise/GreenLantern, Alan Scott.
17th Apr '16 10:14:23 PM Adept
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* JackassGenie: Surprisingly averted. Some versions of the tale have the more powerful Genie of the Lamp bound by a powerful curse that forces him to obey both the letter and the spirit of the wish.
** The strongest aversion comes during the evil plot of the second EvilSorcerer. He plans to make Aladdin wish for a Rukh's egg - because such wish would be a deathly insult for a genie, as the Rukh is, apparently, a queen of genies. The genie is offended all right - however, he doesn't punish Aladdin, but tells him about the disguised EvilSorcerer instead.
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