Distorting The Mythical: A Study of Sita’s Sister by Kavita Kane and Sita by Amish Tripati
Keywords:Distortion, Myth, Patriarchal
Myths are created in a patriarchal society to subjugate women, portraying them as the “Other”. The male centered religious scriptures have designed women to be mute and obedient , sometimes they are not even represented in the epics or given the right place for their sacrifices. Contemporary novels have given a distorted image for the characters of Sita and Urmila different from the myths, which suppress them for the patriarchal society.Sita’s Sister by Kavita Kane picturises Urmila, the sister of Sita and the wife of Lakshman, giving her a new identity. The author narrates the novel through the view point of Urmila, who is not a much discussed character in Ramayana. She highlights Urmila as an enigmatic woman who looked after the kingdom of Ayodhya after Ram, Sita and Lakshman went for exile. Sita, by Amish Tripathi focuses on the character of Sita not as a mute and silent sufferer but as a warrior of the kingdom of Mithila. Sita is given a position equal to Ram as an avatar of Vishnu. The paper focuses on the distortion of the images of the epic characters giving women a position in the society and also giving a human touch to the mythical characters.