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Transcript of Hard times
By: Kim Thomas
Sarah Raivel Morgiana A man named Ali Baba was chopping wood in the forest
when a gang of 40 thieves came and Ali climbed a tree so they
wouldn't see him and the leader walked over to a rock and said "Open Sesame" and a door appeared to a cave in the rock. They all went inside and the door shut again. After the thieves depart Ali Baba goes and says the words to open the door and it opened revealing a treasure trove filled with fine fabrics, jewels, and gold. Ali Baba takes a few bags of gold and returns home and tells his wife about his discovery. She runs to her sisters to get a measure to measure the gold and her sister is suspicious and tells her husband Cassim who is Ali Babas brother that the poor relatives had become rich. So Cassim goes over and asks where his brother got all of this gold from, Ali tells him and Cassim goes and says the wrods, but once the door shuts him inside he cannot remmeber the words to open it again and is stuck inside until the thieves return. They cut him into quarters and hang his body as a warning sign to others who may try to steal from them. When Cassim does not return they all become worried and Ali Baba goes to the cave only to find his dead body which he takes home and gives a proper burial to. The leader of the thieves vows to find the second man that took the body and sends his thieves out to ask questions about who died in the town. The first 2 thieves fail because Morgiana who is Ali Babas servant and loves her master tricks them and they are killed for their failure. So finally the leader decides to dress as an oil merchant and asks to stay at Ali Babas house and the remaining 38 thieves hide in the oil baskets outside waiting for their cue to raid the house an kill them. Before the leader has the chance Morgiana goes out to get some oil from the baskets only to hear voices saying is it time yet? So she responds "not yet the time is soon" to all the baskets then gets oil out of the last one heats it then pours some into each basket killing the other 38 thieves. The leader calls down to them, gets not answer so instead he goes down opens the baskets to find them all dead and flees. Morgiana tells her master the next mrning what she has done and he praises her for saving them all. The leader vows to kill Ali Baba yet and disguises himself as a merchant and works across from Ali's son in the market and befriends him and is invited voer for dinner. Morgiana recognizes him and kills him by pretending that she was doing a dance with a dagger then stabs him when he goes to give her some money. She reveals to her master that it was the LEader of the 40 thieves. Several years past before Ali Baba went back to the cave to get more gold. Quote pg. 15
"He went to work in this preperatory lesson, not unlike Morgiana in the forty thieves." Allusion The reference is from the story "one thousand and one nights" otherwise known as the "Arabian Nights Entertainment". References to the "Arabian Nights" which Dickens read as a child. Which comes up frequently in his novels.Besides the allusion to St. Cecilia, Dickens alludes to Morgiana, a character in the classic story "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"one of the Arabian Nights tales. The reader should always note the irony in Dickens' allusions: while Dickens' characters argue against fanciful literature, Dickens' is relying upon it to compose his story. In this case, Dickens' simile presents M'Choakumchild's search for "the robber Fancy" in terms of Morgiana's searching for the thieves in "Ali Baba." The metaphor of the children as eager "vessels" is made explicit when the "vessels" before M'Choakumchild become the "jars" before Morgiana. And the motif of robbers and villains is finalized when we remember that Ali Baba and the forty thieves were more hero than criminal. M'Choakumchild is labeled "gentleman" but his intention to seek and destroy "the robber Fancy lurking within" makes "the robber Fancy" a more noble personification. Instead, the teachers are the ones who seem criminal. Works Consulted http://www.gradesaver.com/hard-times/study-guide/section1/ http://books.google.com/books?id=b8Mj1gNJA9MC&pg=PA289&lpg=PA289&dq=how+is+there+an+allusion+between+hard+times+and+morgiana+and+the+40+thieves