Dr .Vidya Rao
Head Dept of English
Bhavan‘s Sheth R.A.College Of Arts And Commerce
Mythological exaltation of Rama and Sita as ideal characters sets them above the mere mortals, hence necessitates that we see them as exemplars of virtue, duty and mortality. Through the embodiment of Rama and Sita, there is a depiction of archetypal gender roles, wherein they are considered to be the highest ideals of ‘man’ and ‘woman’.
Sally Sutherland defines these role model constructions where:
Rama throughout the epic is a man totally devoted to duty, despite personal hardship, and Sita is a woman totally devoted to her lord and master despite his capriciousness.
Various criticisms have been leveled against the notion of Sita as the feminine ideal. Irrespective of class, creed, language, or race, women down the ages have been conveniently categorized within the framework of the ‘Sita’ ideal: devoted sacrificial, pure, chaste, and loyal and so on.
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