Ramayana and Mahabharata - Book Report/Review Example
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Some women are viewed as immoral in both epics. In Mahabharata, Ahalya is punished for adultery, such as Seeta that although she is sinless she undergoes the test of purity. Pre-marital & post-wedlock sex are also not allowed, for instance, the story about a maiden with child in book VII.
Medea also had a heroic husband Jason whom they had children with but later betrayed her and went ahead to marry another younger wife (Euripides, Svarlien and Mitchell-Boyask, 23). Ramayana is also an ancient literary work whose settings are in India and not Greek like Medea.
Meena Alexander, through the voice of her characters, critiques normative categories of race and gender as well as empowers local traditions and cultures of the home country after the British colonization to India. Her main characters are women who reconcile the ambivalence of immigration through the recognition that it is their very ethnicity, gender, and exile that constitute their identities, "She was racing into America from the dark vessel of her past and she could hear it singing in her, ready to break free, the load of her womanhood, of the accumulated life, breaking free into an inconceivable sweetness.And she, who had never trusted words very much, knew she would live out her life i
However, another school of thought believes that Ramayana was existent even before this time. An erudite scholar and authority on Indian mythology, C. Rajagopalachari observed that "The traditional orthodox view is that Valmiki wrote the Ramayana during the life-time of Ramachandra.
Hinduism has often been said to be more a way of life than a religion. Hinduism with its sub-sects and confusing myths, legends and rituals often seems to make no sense to an outsider. Mehta echoes this confusion in the narrator of A River Sutra. The narrator in the very first page of the text makes it clear that he has become a vanaprasthi in order to reflect.
There are texts of Ramayana in several regional languages, including Sanskrit, Chinese, Thai, Telugu, Bengali, Kashmiri, and Tamil. The Ramayana story recounts the life of Rama-the seventh incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, his brother Lakshmana-his wife Sita, his opponent Ravana, a host of demons, and an army of monkeys loyal to Rama led by Hanuman.
Yet he tends to exhale religious sentiments in this novel and that too constructing his novel in alignment with a religious text of the east.
The Novel was published in 1922 by Sylvia Beach but it appeared as a series in The Little Review from 1918 to 1920.
Vedic religious practices, before they became ritualistic, were comparatively simple and they tended human life very close to the nature. Regardless of the Vedic concept of a Supreme Being, for better emotional satisfaction, sages (Rishi) personified natural
for the throne, romance for the spouse and battle between the evil and good symbolised by the battle between the demon the deities, the mythological tale was actually written by a learned sage called Valmiki at least four hundred years Before Christ. The modern version, written
The moral aspect of each of them is brought out through many challenges that test both of them. Their actions and decisions through the story indicate how the perspective of Indian culture of an ideal person is described.
There are instances where Sita does