Sita and Laksmana are disagreeing on their next course of action in an ambiguous situation. This passage is the rising action of the Ramayana. The heightened emotions, volleyed insults and Laksmana’s decision to leave Sita despite an ominous portent build suspense that culminates in Sita’s abduction. We can observe Sita’s effective persuasion of Laksmana and consider the success of women who use emotional blackmail, threats and insinuations of character flaws to manipulate men into action, in contrast to other women who use logic and reason in their persuasion. Additionally, we can assess the fairness of Laksmana’s uncomplimentary comments about the female gender that he made in his anger.
Given his awareness of women’s propensities to be…show more content… Rebuffed by Rama, Surpanakha “threw herself in front of [Khara], as a bolt of lightning would fall from the sky” (Sattar, p. 245) to seek his help to avenge her, thus catalysing conflict between Rama and Khara. Similarly, Kaikeyi “flung herself on the ground” (Sattar, p. 116) to invoke Dasaratha’s sympathy. Thereafter, she forces Dasaratha to commit the unrighteous act of banishing Rama from his rightful kingdom, threatening to “kill [herself] right here in front of [him]” (Sattar, p. 120) if he refuses. Both women are dishonest and unrighteous in their use of piteous stances and empty threats to manipulate the men to do their bidding. Surpanakha and Kaikeyi are also sharp-tongued. Kaikeyi “spoke harshly to [Dasaratha], choosing her words with care” (Sattar, p. 121), showing a deliberate intent to insult him into placing Bharata on the throne. Surpanakha insults Ravana for being “greedy, lustful and utterly dependent on others”, unaware that his “people have been massacred in Janasthana” (Sattar, p. 260) and thus questions his values and ability to rule the kingdom. She also tempts Ravana with the opportunity to “have [his] way with [Sita]” (Sattar, p. 261) should he kill Rama and Laksmana, further illustrating her unrighteousness and immorality. Overall, Surpanakha’s aim to rouse conflict between Rama and Ravana proves that women are divisive and often catalyse disagreements between