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Producing both beneficial and harmful outcomes curiosity seems both a vice and virtue in The Arabian Nights specifically in The Third Dervishs Tale Its effects are contradictory which produces an ambiguity around the nature of curiosity This ambiguity reflects the theme of Fate versus free will by creating situations that lead to questions specifically How much of ones life is controlled by destiny and how much is controlled by choice but this question is answered by more ambiguity Even though the answer is indeterminate its implication is significant humanity is incapable of understanding greater forces like Fate free will and curiosity Thus curiosity develops the theme of Fate versus free will which in turn expounds upon the larger theme of human limitations In the first episode of the third dervishs tale curiosity dictates his actions which portray the powers of free will and Fate Initially his curiosity to explore the islands leads to simple pleasure One day I decided to go on an excursion to the islands and Iwent there enjoyed myself and came back 114 The narrator states I decided suggesting that the dervish was in full control of his actions and consciously chose to explore which is an example of his free will Furthermore since his city stands on the shore of a vast sea that contained many islands 114 his curiosity takes the form of a keen awareness of his surroundings which is good because a king should be aware of his kingdom thus initially his healthy curiosity allows him to gain more knowledge about his kingdom However his curiosity expands into desire and driven by a desire to give himself to the sea 114 he leaves his kingdom The wording of his motivation a desire instead of his desire suggests that he does not take responsibility for his actions it is not his desire that motivated him and therefore they are not his actions He implies that a different force Fate
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