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Aladdin's laziness at the beginning of ``Aladdin and the Enchanted
Lamp''[1, p. 165] is a testament to
the stress placed on ``becoming a man'' by obtaining a vocation
and working hard. Leaving out the details of the story for now,
suffice it to say that Aladdin's ``headstrong and incorrigible
good-for-nothing'' ways were shown, by the narrator, to be negative
traits. The father eventually died, due to the grief that the
son would persist in his ``idle and unruly ways.''
Laziness as a vicious trait can also be seen in the story
of ``Judar and His Brothers''. In fact, Judar stands at exact
opposites of his brothers: Judar is hardworking, casting his net
every day trying to get food for his family. Returning empty
handed, each day he goes farther and farther out, hoping to
catch something new. His brothers on the other hand, squander their
inheritance, and any amount of money they get their hands on.
They only visit their mother (and brother) when they need food
or money: they do not engage in any hard work.