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Another short summary and pointing out similiarities in comparison to the manga and the origin. Quotes out of the original story as well as my own thoughts and commentary.
This story out of “1001 Nights” has as well a few things, names and character traits that can be found in our beloved “Magi: The labyrinth of Magic”, and as always i love and enjoy finding these.
To roughly sum it up: The origin “Alibaba and the forty thieves” is about a dorky Alibaba making one mistake by another, a very clever Morgiana getting him outta every pinch hes gotten himself into and a greedy Kassim getting himself killed. In the end Alibaba freeing Morgiana from slavery and despite being a clumsy idiot he still gets a happy ending with wealth and fortune. Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
Starting off, the first names that appear are Cassim and Ali baba with the one difference that their roles seem to be switched.
In a town in Persia there dwelt two brothers, one named Cassim, the other Ali Baba. Cassim was married to a rich wife and lived in plenty, while Ali Baba had to maintain his wife and children by cutting wood in a neighboring forest and selling it in the town.”
In Magi they are not related by blood but they are still a family after Alibaba’s mother has taken Cassim in. In regards to the “switched roles” of poverty and wealth we can take the fact that Cassim is poor and not born from royalty as Alibaba. Thus the standpoints are quite similiar as to the origin just with thoose two having switched positions.
In the tale Alibaba gets to a lot of fortune by simply being at the right placeat the right time but jeopardies this new won (well, stolen from the thieves treasure cave…) wealth by being extremly oblivious and too trusting. Morgiana ( who is Cassims maid) saves him time and again by being very smart and calculating to keep the thieves away from his home.
Poor Cassim dies by the way… by being cut into pieces from the thieves after trying to enter the treasure cave by himself and getting trapped after forgetting the magic words to open the cave back up. “Open Sesame!” ( Poor baby… sad similiarity to also die in the original tales T^T )
Last but not least, Morgiana is the Hero who kills the captain and all his thieves by stabbing him and burning the rest to a crisp with oil. ( You go girl! ) And after the day got saved by her, Alibaba is so greatful that he frees her from being a servant.
Morgiana is a bad ass even in 1001 Night’s Tales and Wonderbaba is a lucky dork as always. The end.
(And the fact that he got himself so much wealth simply due to luck and not skill can be compared to Alibaba getting into the Dungeon with Aladdin together. Aladdin does most of the work but he reaps the reward of the dungeon treasures.)
And to finish this off, here is a picture of Morgiana and Alibaba from the original!