In Narayan’s tale, “The Ramayana”, there are many depictions of good and evil with a variety of characters mentioned. I will be discussing about Rama (Good), Mahabali (Evil), and Viswamithra (Both) as they all represent a certain aspect of divinity. Rama, of course, will be represented as a good character while Mahabali will be the complete opposite. Viswamithra is essentially good, but his views and actions can be described as dubious, which is why I picked another character that’s more along the lines of neutrality to give a deeper understanding of what good and evil might mean.
Rama is the son of emperor Dasaratha and his wife Kausayla. Although Dasaratha had many other children, Rama seemed to have some utter significance especially to Viswamithra who takes him on epic adventures to fight against evil. His significance is contributed from Vishnu, which is one of his incarnations. As Vishnu says, “Ravana can be destroyed only by a human being since he never asked for protection from a human being. I shall incarnate as Dasaratha’s son” (Narayan, 4). Although Rama is mortal, he is still considered a superior figure in many Hindu traditions. People loved to gather around Rama and celebrate his worthiness as a prince. Although his father was a conqueror and king, Rama was still seen as the special kid as his brothers didn’t seem to get much appraise because of their lack of conformity. “Rama always had a word for everyone in the crowd” (Narayan, 6). He had inquiries to others such as, “How are you? Are your children happy? Do you want any help from me” (Narayan, 6)? Mortals aren’t as conforming as actual Hindu Gods such as Brahma and Shiva, but Rama proves to be just as enlightening. Not only is Rama a...
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...akshmana along side. Of course, as the readers, we know why he chose Rama, but is his brother just extra baggage? It contradicts on what Viswa is ultimately trying to portray making him “uncertain”, as to whether he’s “good” or “evil” regardless of how greatly he influenced Rama.
In conclusion, each of my characters depict a certain aspect of “The Ramayana”. Rama being the “good” with his conforming aspect and his love for Sita. Mahabali portrays an “evil” character by being a demonic conqueror, although his character is essentially flat. Lastly, Viswa who in turn can be both “good” or “evil” just depends on how one looks at it. He’s the one who helped Rama through all the difficulties and encumbrances-hence killing the main antagonist of the story, Ravana. It goes to show that all the characters I portrayed had some clingy faults, but resembled certain distinctions.
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