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The Ramayana
The Ramayana
Every Indian person knows the story of Ramayana. The story is read to all young children in India. Children are told the ancient tale in Sanskirt and boys are told to act like Rama and girls are told to act like Sita. They read of Ravana's extreme selfishness and disregard for anything or anyone leads to death. This classic piece of Hindu literature has influenced and shaped all aspects of Indian society. A society instills emotional balance and maturity into their children through stories of hero and villain or good vs. bad.
As Boy's read about Rama they are taught that humility, persevere and trusting family are winning virtues. Rama is an example of how one must learn to and move through life and except help when needed. 1. His manner is to listen and not jump to conclusions. He is seen as a fair young man which young boys can relate to. He is a god, but his lessons are learned as a human. On page 144 Rama becomes impatient and wants to destroy an ocean so he and his army can cross. He stops though and listens to the sea god's plea to not destroy the ocean. Then, Rama's war monkeys, men and tiny spuerrals all came with mud, rocks , pieces of mountains and pebbles to fill in the sea. He is working hand in hand with them to fill in the sea. The boys are reading about a man that can listen and except help when it's needed. He doesn't horde his power over others, yet he knows he is a superior being. His faith and trust for his father when Rama was asked to go into exile for fourteen years and his brother that reined for him fourteen years instills a sense of male reliance. The boys learn from the examples of fathers and brothers working together. They see men trusting life and its fate they face. Men are seen as not having to compete for the alpha male role or be the super hero, and still respected as humans.

Sita is able to deminstrate both vulnerablity and rational acts. She was lead astay by a golden jeweled dear. She wanted it with all her passion. No logic or reason other than she just wanted it. She was trusting of an old man that was Ravana in disgues. The dear ended up being her reason for capture by Ravanan the evil lord. . She had love and compasion for living creatures and a trust for her elders. She was nieve torwad life and trusted too much. She saw these creatures through trusting eyes. She was taken advantage of WHEN ALL SHE WAS DOING IS LOVING AND TRUSTING THE MEN AROUND HER. . This is an example thAT THERE IS MORE TO LIFE THAN WE CAN SEE. A women is the ratiional thinker and lover of men. Young women can express emotion and persuared men to think before they act. Sita plants her self and grows with in a trusting relationship. Even though she wanted to hang her self when she not sure if Rama was going to save her, her trust allowd her to wait, and then the message came Rama was on his way. At the end of the story she is crushed by how cold Rama was towards her that she lept into a fire. She demonstrated a women's
trust and alliance for her man. Girls learn trust and that men can give hopr to their life. The girls will floewr and nurture the men around them if they have faith in the ability of men to take care of them. Men get lost in doing and a loving women is there to remind him how to feel. Before a women wuill plant herself she must first trust the mans ability to provide strength with dignity. The emotions young girls feel and the dreams they chase may be out of a lack of knowledge not logic.
An out of balanced heart and a selfish mind leads to destruction. Ravana represents the fears and tendency to provide for self before others. Both boys and girls are ablr to see a man out of controll. This powerful man is lost to his people and only concerned with him self. Ravana represents the fears and tendency to provide for our lusts before respecting others. When he falls in love children are able to feel his love and witness the power of lust. It is a grate exaple of the poewr of love and the connection man and women can have torwd oneANOthe. He changes the weathwer, controls the sun and moon. Through his lust He has no regaurd for the elentes nor the gods or human inhabitants. The oly way to satify Ravana is to destroy and concore everything
around him. He sends the moon away then shuts out the the sun when he's hot. The balance of love is seen between Sita ans Rama, yet Ravana destroys thousands of warriors, his brothers and whole kingdoms just so he can kill the man Sita is in love with. He wants her at all cost.

The Ramayana was written at around 550 B.C. in Sanskirt. The story is composed of twenty- four thousand verses, divided into seven books. The books are called kanda

the classic tale of a war between absolute Good and Evil. Teenaged prince Rama is everything a culture hero should be, incredibly fit, skilled and pious. He's given the responsibility of saving not just his native city, glorious Ayodhya, but the whole of humanity from the schemes of an army of demons and their allies. And so, with the mighty seermage Vishwamitra and his only relatively less heroic half-brother, Laskshman, Rama sets out on a heroic journey. At first, readers will notice the intensity of every scene and the absence of any inner life for characters who, whether gloriously wonderful or noxiously monstrous, don't so much converse as make melodramatic speeches at each other. But then you The Ramayana straddles earth and the unearthly regions, beginning with the bargain that malevolent "demon king" Ravana makes with the god Siva, who gives the mortal supernatural strength (but not immortality). The tale then focuses on childless King Dasaratha of Ayodha, the gift of four sons (borne by four wives) granted him by the god Vishnu, and the exploits of Dasaratha's favorite son Rama (a "perfect man" who is in fact an incarnation of Vishnu). Some of this rich story's most dramatic sequences include the contest of strength in which Rama wins the hand of the beautiful Sita (as much a paragon of virtue as himself); the intrigue perpetrated by one of his father's wives, that consigns Rama to 14 years' wandering in a vast forest; the abduction of Sita by Ravana, and the arduous process whereby Rama defeats the powerful demon and wins back his bride; and the ordeal by fire through which the ostensibly compromised Sita triumphantly proves her fidelity, and is fully reunited with her husband. A fascinating further dimension is added when Rama joins forces with Sugriva, King of the Monkeys, which creatures, led by their brave general Hanuman, enable the prince to infiltrate and destroy the demon-king's evil empire. Nor is rousing adventure all that's offered here. The characterizations of heroic Rama, stoical Sita, Rama's stalwart brother Lakshmana, and especially the satanic Ravana are unusually full, complex, and preternaturally vivid.
This paper explains that "Ramayana" mirrors humanity perfectly: each of its main role players, including the monkey-king Hanuman, the King of Birds, Garuda, and even the lowly squirrel that helps Ram build the bridge to Lanka, are embodiments of the human characteristics of goodness. The author points out that this book is an enjoyable read, while sacrificing none of the religious, cultural, or moral aspects of the story. This paper explores the character of Ravana, the demon king, who is the very epitome of evil.

From the Paper:
"The relationship between Ravana and his brothers is also intriguing. Vibishana was the very antithesis of Ravana. He loved his brother but was also disturbed by what he had done. He counseled his brother to return Sita to Rama. Failing that, he then went over the side of Rama. Vibishana was of tremendous help to the forces of good. He served in many significant ways. He confided in all of Ravana's strengths and weaknesses. In return, he was promised the throne of Lanka. On the other hand, Ravana's second brother Kumbhakarana was endowed with exclusively demonic attributes. Through years of meditation, he had elicited the boon of immortality. The Gods fearing this had caused him to sleep for millennia. Being awakened before his time would be his only Achilles heel."
Rama as an Empire BuilderThe story of the Ramayana reminds me much of the hard times that USA is in today. I see many similarities between Rama and the USA. Rama is a warrior against evil, and so the United States are claiming. He creates a strong army, which fights by his side until the end. He has allies that contains people such as Sugreeva whom he helped to retain his kingdom from his evil brother. So Sugreeva felt a strong feeling of loyalty towards Rama and it made him fight to the end by Rama's side. Loyalty is the most important characteristics that an army can have. The ideological stand point here is good vs. evil. Rama and his allies are the good battling against evil. Rama had allies who understood his cause and went in to fight with him to the end. Since Rama was a humble, but strong leader the people showed him loyalty back. Ravana showed more of a self-centered and egoistic leadership. Ravana's brother tried to warn him about the strong powers of Rama, bu...

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