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  • Submission And Action Of Religious Heroines Analysis

    Submission and Action of Religious Heroines Written expressly to convey the main beliefs and principles of their respective religions, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Hebrew Bible are composed as epic histories and biographies of mythic figures, whose lives act as fables to teach these principles to the educated, uninitiated believers. In most cases, these fables are told through a heroic male character, blessed by God or a god, who fulfills a destiny defined by his relationship with divine will, often as a leader of the community or nation, or as a savior of his people. However, in rare cases these stories will accentuate a particular value through the use of female protagonists, thereby placing a deeper emphasis on their behavior and beliefs, as their genders divide them noticeably from the norm. In such instances, the protagonists are similarly defined by their faith and devotion to their respective religious doctrine, and consequently possess a more active role in the events of the stories rather than suffering relegation to the supporting cast of the tale. As heroines such as Judith, Draupadi, and Sita exemplify, taking on an assertive role in expression religious doctrine within the context of the story does not discount women from maintaining their socially dictated status. In this paper, I argue that the heroines of the Ramayana, the Book of Judith, and the Mahabharata subvert tradition in their independence and vocal expression of their understanding of…

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  • Research Paper On Arjuna

    Arjuna also travels to the world of the god Indra and on his way he fights against the god Shiva who assumes the form of a mountain man. Once in Indra’s heaven, Arjuna spends ten years and he learns to dance. The background of Arjuna’s adventures relates to an episode in which two sets of cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, are competing for the throne. Yudhisthira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers, loses his right to rule during a dice game. Tha Kauravas challenge Yudhisthira to…

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  • Mahabharata Criticism

    noticeable aspect is the double standard held by many formidable characters such as Bhīma, Drona, Arjuna, and many others. While there is no doubt that the good they performed certainly outweighs the evil it is important that they not be portrayed as infallible- for legends as they are, they are also human. Surely, no person is entirely good or bad as it is impossible for an individual to be so. The good and bad in people is exaggerated to a great degree although it is very likely that…

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  • Literary Criticism Of Mahabharata

    He has been shown to be the master craftsman of events, revelations and teachings to impart the right dharmic values in each of the characters and mold the situations to restore order. Some of the events of war appear to be unethical on the part of Pandavas, like a.) using Shikhandi as a shield by Arjuna to kill Bhishma, b.) killing of Guru Drona by falsehood deployed by Yudhisthira in telling Guru Drona that his son Ashwatthama has been slain, thereby filling his heart with sorrow and forcing…

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  • Proverbs In Garden City

    In the Greek drama ‘Oedipus Rex’ written by Grecian dramatist Sophocles, there is example of riddles. In the Mahabharata the questions asked by Dharma to Yudhisthira are examples of riddles. 3. Purpose of Riddles Riddles are unique source of the Assamese folk literature. Riddles have had a long history. Riddles have been asked as a way of entertainment, fun and process to discard boredom. For the children riddles are used by the elders as a method of imparting worldly wisdom, knowledge. They…

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