The liberation of sita Essay

The book consists of short stories written from Sita's perspective. She meets various women on her journey and each of them has a role to play. She meets the mighty Ahalya who shows her that truth is subjective and that the truth should not matter if trust is adequate. The very questioning even with a "I trust you but this is for the society" shows how much the person does not trust the women.I loved how Shoorpanaka was portrayed in the story. She is just a woman who fell prey to men's desire to assert dominance and rule the world. I was moved when she saw herself as a catalyst to the inevitable war that was to happen between Rama and Ravana. Even when Sita said that although she is capable of dealing with Ravana on her own, she must patiently wait for Rama to arrive and 'save' her because that is what he wants to do, it shows how women are viewed in the society. Rama was hurt when Sita told him that she was capable of looking after herself. He explicitly told her that she was to not take matters into her own hands and must always look towards him for protection. If that is the way that a patriarchal society functions, is it any wonder that women have still not found their foothold in the society?Although I personally did not agree with the way Urmila dealt with her abandonment, I was proud that she did what was good for her in the situation. She did not care what her 'responsibilities' were but instead focused on self care and the ability to survive in a hurtful situation.In the beginning, I wasn't sure if I liked the way that she was depicted as a mother. But as the stories progressed, I realised that she was just making the best of a situation. The boys were given all the skills required as the future Kings and Heirs of the Dynasty but they were not allowed to have a sense of entitlement that royal children usually grow up with.I wish that each of the story was explored more in terms of how they affected Sita's growth as a person and not just concentrated on the immediate consequence. I think some of the more powerful sentences were lost in translation but this is a very good stepping stone for any reader looking for popular mythology seen from varied perspectives.

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