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Sinbad the Non-Classical Hero The stories on Sinbad the Voyager from the Arabian nights are fantastic tales of voyages of a merchant named Sinbad The stories are told as Sinbad tells them to a humble porter named Hindbad who after complaining about his lack of financial fortune outside of Sindbads luxurious home is invited into Sindbads home Sinbad offers Hindbad dinner and a hundred sequins a substantial amount to listen to his stories Throughout the stories of Sinbad the Voyager in the Arabian Nights the main character Sinbad lacks the classic properties of a hero and is only respected because of his exotic stories and his wealth Sinbad throughout his stories fails to prove himself worthy and respected for any virtues that make up a hero He lacks such fundamental virtues like courage strength and mental superiority His only distinguishing traits are that of luck and perseverance and his love of travel However although Sinbad may be an appealing and charismatic character its the stories that are appealing and not his behavior The fantastic creatures and lands that Sinbad speaks of are the main attraction of the stories and Sinbad is merely a merchant traveler who lives to tell their tale Although he is the one who manages to escape with his life when confronted with the perils however its luck that liberates him from the hazardous situations Sinbad fails to show any courage in any of his seven voyages His apparent acts of bravery are brought forth by his will to live and are not influenced by any noble cause He musters up enough courage to burn out the single eye of the giant on an island but only in the desperation of having watched his companions eaten by the giant Even in that situation they poke out the eye of the monster without any courageous encounter in fact they poke out the eye of the monster when he is asleep and
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