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Jordan Adams

3rd period

THEME TIMELINE The Ramayana

Objective Summary: After leaving Ayodhya on a quest to rid the world of evil, Rama, Lakshamana, and Viswamithra arrive in Mithila. While walking around, Rama and Sita notice each other and immediately fall in love, as they were husband and wife in heaven, although they did not realize that. Sita feels lovesick and begins to worry over not being with Rama while Rama broods. Janaka also wants Rama to marry Sita, so Viswamithra suggests that Rama try Sita’s hand by lifting, bending, and stringing Shiva’s bow. He is successful and the whole city celebrates. Viswamithra tells Janaka to send a messenger to Dasaratha about the marriage, who happily accepts it. Soon after the ceremony and vows, Dasaratha, his sons, and daughter-in-laws all head back to Ayodhya while Viswamithra retires into the Himalayas.

Theme:Those who don’t look the part can accomplish great feats.

Those who don’t look the part can accomplish great feats. Chapter 2: The Wedding Chapter 1:

Chapter 2: The Wedding

Chapter 1: Rama’s Initiation (Mahabali’s Story)

 

Chapter 9: Rama in Court

“Some commented, ‘How cruel! This supposed sage is not ashamed to put the delicate, marvellous youth to this harsh trial!’ ‘The King is perverse and cruel to place this godlike youth in this predicament… If he was serious about it, he should have just placed Sita’s hand in his instead of demanding this acrobatic feat…’” (Narayan 27). This commentary from the onlookers shows that Rama wasn’t seen as someone who could lift, bend, and string Shiva’s bow, which he ends up doing. People did not give him much of a chance being that other suitors who had attempted to complete the task had failed.

“Bali laughed… ‘The small figure you see is a deception: he is minute, but this microcosm…’ ‘Oh stop! I know my

manner. After all, we are not being opposed by a regular infantry, cavalry, or elephants, but by a crowd of monkeys and some men.’” (Narayan 126). Ravana, Indrajit, and the rest of the court are still convinced that Ravana’s end will be by a monkey clan and not Rama, and even then they are still dismissing the idea that the demon Ravana, tormentor of the worlds, will face his end by monkeys. In the end, Ravana faced his death at the hands of Rama.

‘You should not bestir yourself in this

responsibility.’

the water fell…

assumed a majestic stature spanning the earth and the sky… ‘Where shall I place

the third step?’

‘Here on my head…’

and thus disposed of the tormentor of the worlds.” (Narayan 15). Mahabali, due to Rama’s size, laughed at Rama and didn’t take him seriously, even when Sukracharya tried to warn him. It later on came back in bad karma when he was pushed into the netherworld.

Evaluation ​ : I agree with the theme statement because often times we judge people
Evaluation ​ : I agree with the theme statement because often times we judge people
Evaluation ​ : I agree with the theme statement because often times we judge people

Evaluation: I agree with the theme statement because often times we judge people based on their physical appearance, especially when we are not interacting with them and getting to know their character or ability. Many times we see kids and teenagers as immature and incapable of accomplishing something because of their age, but throughout history some of the people that have changed the world, their country, or even their neighborhood have been young kids and teenagers, and our experiences as kids and teenagers often shape us into the person we become as adults. Another example of this could come from disabled people, such as Stephen Hawking, who has been one of the biggest influencers in modern cosmology and our understanding of space, gravity, and other related things.