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Dissertation Chapters | English Language and Literature | India | Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023
Retelling of Draupadi: A Comparative Study of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni?s Palace of Illusions and Ramesh Menon's The Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering
Abstract: The ancient epic Mahabharata is one of the great stories of India, an integral part of Indian identity. The Mahabharata is the history of the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, two lineages of the House of Kuru, for dominion of Hastinapura. The Kurukshetra War is the epic conflict that ends this warfare. The Pandavas are joined by 7 armies. Eleven are on the Kauravas' side. There are 18days in the war. More than 10 million kshatriyas were dead at the end of the conflict. Majority of the noble houses were vanished. The kingly race has been eliminated. The Mahabharata has captivated readers and academics all around the world with its amazing cast of human, demonic, and heavenly characters and captivating story. With spectacular new prose, this new interpretation makes the epic accessible to readers today. For modern audiences, it revives all the thrill, wonder, and grandeur of the original. As one of the most important female characters, Draupadi is the focus of this paper.
Keywords: Draupadi, patriarchy, femininity, Swayamvar, War, rage
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023,
Pages: 1480 - 1486