Study Guide

Aladdin Power

Power

IAGO: I can't take it anymore! If I gotta choke down on one more of those moldy, disgusting crackers...bam! Whack!

JAFAR: Calm yourself, Iago.

IAGO: Then I'd grab him around the head. Whack! Whack!

JAFAR: Soon, I will be sultan, not that addlepated twit.

IAGO: And then I stuff the crackers down his throat!

The Sultan might have the power now, but Jafar and Iago see their chance on the horizon: soon, they'll be the ones in charge. Cue evil laughter. Bonus point to Jafar for helping you pass your SAT vocabulary section by using the word "addlepated," which means "confused," "stupid," or "befuddled." Yeah, that pretty much sums up the Sultan.

GENIE: You got some power in your corner now, Some heavy ammunition in your camp. You got some punch, pizzazz, yahoo, and how See all you gotta do is rub that lamp And I'll say, "Mister Aladdin, sir, What will your pleasure be?" Let me take your order, jot it down. You ain't never had a friend like me— No, no, no!

For the first time in his life, Aladdin has a friend with some might on his side. The Genie is here to grant his wishes and make his dreams come true. So, what'll it be?

GENIE: Ah, rule number one: I can't kill anybody. So don't ask. Rule two: I can't make anyone fall in love with anyone else. You little punim, there. Rule three: I can't bring people back from the dead. It's not a pretty picture, I don't like doing it! Other than that, you got it!

ALADDIN: Ah, provisos? You mean limitations? On wishes? Some all-powerful genie—can't even bring people back from the dead. I don't know, Abu—he probably can't even get us out of this cave. Looks like we're gonna have to find a way out of here—

GENIE: Excuse me? Are you lookin' at me? Did you rub my lamp? Did you wake me up, did you bring me here? And all of a sudden, you're walkin' out on me? I don't think so, not right now. You're gettin' your wishes, so sit down!

How does Aladdin trick the Genie into giving him an extra wish? By questioning his power, that's how. Hey, maybe this guy isn't all that impressive if he can't even bring people back from the dead… The Genie falls for it hook, line, and sinker, which turns out to be good news in the end, since Aladdin uses that last wish he's saved to set the Genie free.

IAGO: To think we gotta keep kissing up to that chump, and his chump daughter for the rest of our lives...

JAFAR: No, Iago. Only until she finds a chump husband. Then she'll have us banished—or beheaded!

IAGO: Oh! Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Jafar? What if you were the chump husband?

JAFAR: What?

IAGO: Okay, you marry the princess, all right? Then, uh, you become sultan!

JAFAR: Oh! Marry the shrew? I become sultan. The idea has merit!

IAGO: Yes, merit! Yes! And then we drop papa-in-law and the little woman off a cliff! Kersplat!

JAFAR: Iago, I love the way your foul little mind works!

This is a pretty nasty (yet effective) idea for a power grab. Why wait for Jasmine to accumulate more power and get rid of them, when Jafar can marry Jasmine and become sultan that way? The idea does have merit. Evil merit, but still.

ALADDIN: Better check your crystal ball again, Jafar!

JASMINE: Prince Ali!

IAGO: How in the he—uh, awk!

ALADDIN: Tell them the truth, Jafar! You tried to have me killed.

JAFAR: What? Ridiculous nonsense, your highness. He is obviously lying.

SULTAN: Obviously...lying.

JASMINE: Father, what's wrong with you?

ALADDIN: I know!

SULTAN: Oh, oh, oh my!

ALADDIN: Your highness, Jafar's been controlling you with this!

SULTAN: What? Jafar? You, you traitor!

JAFAR: Your majesty, all of this can be explained.

SULTAN: Guards! Guards!

IAGO: Well, that's it—we're dead, forget about it. Just dig a grave for both of us. We're dead.

Wow. Jafar was pretty close to getting everything he wanted, but it all came crashing down around him thanks to Aladdin. Our hero exposes the truth: Jafar has just been trying to grab authority for himself by mind-controlling the Sultan. Iago sees the writing on the wall: they're toast.

SULTAN: You two will be wed at once! Yes, yes. And you'll be happy and prosperous, and then my boy, you will be sultan!

ALADDIN: Sultan?

SULTAN: Yes, a fine upstanding youth like yourself, a person of your unimpeachable moral character is exactly what this kingdom needs!

This sounds like it would be good news, but Aladdin doesn't take it very well—it's kind of how we know he's the good guy. He's been handed a chance for power—he's gonna be sultan one day—but he doesn't want it. It's too much. The kid has humility, and we love him for it.

ALADDIN: Genie! No!

GENIE: Sorry, kid—I got a new master now.

SULTAN: Jafar, I order you to stop!

JAFAR: There's a new order now—my order! Finally, you will bow to me!

JASMINE: We'll never bow to you!

IAGO: Why am I not surprised?

JAFAR: If you will not bow before a sultan, then you will cower before a sorcerer! Genie, my second wish—I wish to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world!

Yeah, this is not looking good. Now that Jafar has the lamp, he's blowing through wishes. He's got the power, but there's one thing he's failing to consider: the consequences of his actions. Might that be his tragic downfall? Fingers crossed.

JAFAR: You little fool! You thought you could defeat the most powerful being on earth! […] Without the Genie, boy, you're nothing!

ALADDIN: The Genie! The Genie! The Genie has more power than you'll ever have!

JAFAR: What?!

ALADDIN: He gave you your power, he can take it away!

GENIE: Al, what are you doing? Why are you bringing me into this?

ALADDIN: Face it, Jafar—you're still just second best!

JAFAR: You're right! His power does exceed my own! But not for long!

GENIE: The boy is crazy. He's a little punch drunk. One too many hits with the snake

JAFAR: Slave, I make my third wish! I wish to be an all-powerful genie!

Okay, so here's where it all falls apart. Jafar is so enthralled with his own power, and so convinced he has the upper hand, that he can't see through Aladdin's ulterior motives. He demands to be made a genie because he just wants more, more, more. Hubris alert.

JAFAR: Yes! Yes! The power! The absolute power!

JASMINE: What have you done?

ALADDIN: Trust me!

JAFAR: The universe is mine to command, to control!

ALADDIN: Not so fast, Jafar! Aren't you forgetting something? You wanted to be a genie, you got it! And everything that goes with it!

JAFAR: No! No!

IAGO: I'm gettin' out of here! Come on, you're the genie, I don't want—

ALADDIN: Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty-bitty living space.

Jafar's feeling pretty good here for a minute. Pretty darn powerful. Then, the other shoe drops, and wow, he did not see that coming. That's what happens when you get drunk on your own power: you forget to think. Better luck next time, Jafar.

GENIE: Me too, Al. No matter what anybody says, you'll always be a prince to me.

SULTAN: That's right. You've certainly proven your worth as far as I'm concerned. It's that law that's the problem.

JASMINE: Father?

SULTAN: Well, am I sultan or am I sultan? From this day forth, the princess shall marry whomever she deems worthy.

JASMINE: Him! I choose...I choose you, Aladdin.

Okay, so we're at the end of the movie, and the Sultan has finally realized that he's got some power, too. He's like the ruler of this kingdom and stuff, and that means he can change laws if he wants to. Wow. Jasmine has literally been complaining about this for days (probably years), and you've just come to this conclusion now? Step it up, Sultan.