Essay on The Epic Of The Ramayana

945 Words Apr 11th, 2016 4 Pages
The Ramayana was an epic poem retold by R.K. Narayan. The story took place in Classical India about 1400 B.C.E. Ramayana means the Romance of Rama. In this book, Rama 's main purpose for existing was to battle evil and to live by the rules of Dharma. This book tells us about construction of gender in the patriarchal society of Classical India, where women were adored for their physical beauty and were expected to remain pure. If they exhibited male qualities they were considered dangerous women. Expectations of men’s own wives were particularly high and this was shown through the characters of Rama’s wife Sita and Dasaratha’s wives Kaikeyi and Kausalya whose behavior shapes their husband into who the men they become.
The Ramayana explores the roles and duties of women and what it takes in order to be a good woman in Indian society. R.K. Narayan explores these roles through the women throughout the epic whether it is the wife of a King or some form of deity. While in general women were viewed as subpar to men and were seen as second-class citizens, the women in the book account for much of the manipulation of the individuals and the caretaking of the individuals. Women such as Sita and Kausalya are held up as good examples of the good qualities of women. These women were regarded as beautiful, not only for their physical attributes, but also because they served their husbands and remained pure. They are everything women should be in Classical India society; they are kind and…

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