Metamorphosis & the Therapeutic Function of Storytelling: The Arabian Nights Vs. Franz Kafka’s Animal Stories

Ahmad M.S. Abu Baker


Abstract Story telling in the book of A Thousand and One Nights , functions as a way sublimating Shahrayar’s desire for murdering Sharazad and releasing it through catharsis. i.e. the stories function as a therapy for Sharayar and as a brain-washing mechanism through which Shahrazad hopes to cure Sharayar from his murderous desire that has led to the deaths of many women because of his wife’s act of infidelity. In this article, I will highlight the similarities between some of the stories in the book of A Thousand and One Nights which focus on ingratitude and metamorphosis as dominant themes and some of Franz Kafka’s animal stories (The Metamorphosis , A Hunger Artist, and A Report to An Academy) which share the aforementioned themes. By doing so, I hope to prove that there is a good reason to assume that Kafka was, at least indirectly, influenced by the book of A Thousand and One Nights which, to the best of my knowledge, is something that haven’t been done before.
Key words: Arabian Nights; Franz Kafka; Storytelling & Therapy; Postcolonial Criticism

Raconter des histoires dans le livre de Mille et Une Nuits, les fonctions sont comme un moyen de sublimer le désir de Shahrayar pour le meurtre de Sharazad et de la libérer par la catharsis. à savoir la fonction des histoires comme une thérapie pour Sharayar et comme un mécanisme de lavage de cerveau à travers lequel Shahrazad espoirs de guérir Sharayar de son désir meurtrier qui a conduit à la mort de nombreuses femmes en raison d'un acte de sa femme d'infidélité. Dans cet article, je vais souligner les similitudes entre certaines des histoires dans le livre des Mille et Une Nuits qui se concentrent sur l'ingratitude et de la métamorphose comme thèmes dominants et certains des histoires d'animaux de Franz Kafka (La métamorphose, un artiste faim, et un rapport une académie) qui partagent les thèmes susmentionnés. En faisant cela, je l'espère, pour prouver qu'il ya une bonne raison de supposer que Kafka était, au moins indirectement, influencé par le livre des Mille et Une Nuits qui, au meilleur de ma connaissance, c'est quelque chose qui n'ont pas été fait auparavant.
Mots-clés: Mille et Une Nuits; Franz Kafka; Contes & Therapie; Critique post-coloniale


Mille et Une Nuits; Franz Kafka; Contes & Therapie; Critique post-coloniale;Arabian Nights; Franz Kafka; Storytelling & Therapy; Postcolonial Criticism



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