Unveiling the Untold: A Retelling of Sita in Modern Literature with a Special Focus on Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Feminist Rendition in The Forest of Enchantments

Authors

  • Reshu Shukla Assistant Professor Department of English S.B.D. P.G. College Dhampur, Bijnor, UP, India.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56062/gtrs.2024.2.11.516

Keywords:

Sita, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Forest of Enchantments, King Rama, Indian culture.

Abstract

Within the context of the world's mythical heritage, Indian history is a priceless find, with a rich legacy marked by the potent influence of revered goddesses and mythological women. Indian tradition has elevated its women in classical and sacred history more than any other civilization, thus enhancing the appreciation of Indian culture across the world.  Indian mythology's outstanding female figures have made a lasting impression by standing for courage, tenacity, and profound understanding. These extraordinary women have stood the test of time and become symbols of female empowerment, and future generations are motivated by their incredible tales. Their traditional pursuits, which are deeply rooted in a sense of obligation, morality, and altruism, show a rich cultural tapestry of generosity. The most highly venerated character in Hindu mythology, Sita is the main character in the epic Ramayana. Her remarkable degree of dedication is demonstrated by her everlasting devotion to Lord Rama during the exile, as well as by her remarkable resilience and diligent work throughout her days in Ashok Vatika. From Sita's perspective, the story of The Forest of Enchantments is told. She communicates her happiness and sadness as a human. Nature plays an important role in Sita's journey. Both the natural environment and herself are healable.  The work presents a harmonious portrayal of the symbiotic interaction between nature and the obstacles encountered by women. The story depicts Sita's life in Mithila, her love for Ram, their marriage, her life in the Ayodhya palace, her days in exile, her feelings and yearning for motherhood, her agony during her days in captivity, and, in the end, her sadness.

 

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Published

2024-02-25

How to Cite

Reshu Shukla , translator. “Unveiling the Untold: A Retelling of Sita in Modern Literature With a Special Focus on Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Feminist Rendition in The Forest of Enchantments ”. Creative Saplings, vol. 3, no. 02, Feb. 2024, pp. 41-54, https://doi.org/10.56062/gtrs.2024.2.11.516.

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