The Epic Of The Ramayana

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Chauntise McIntosh
Prof. Warren

The Ramayana is an excellent example of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth, who expresses that it “marks the physical, mental, and spiritual changes that young women and men undergo as they grow and develop to fill a variety of roles in society” (Whomsley 186) based on cultural dogmas. During this journey of maturation, an in individual must act in accordance with dharma to attain enlightenment. Dharma is the glue, which upholds the universe and humanity. Every individual has a sense of duty and destiny established from his or her responsibility to achieve his or her role in society. Dharma “encompasses all actions, thoughts, and speech in keeping with living a virtuous life” (India: The Ramayana 242). Acting contrary to your predestined role in society impairs not only the individual’s ability to obtain dharma but that of humanities as well.
The hero of the epic in this monomyth is Rama, who understands the sacrifices he must make in order to “succeed in being a faithful and dutiful son, loving husband, and caring brother, while also being a stern leader and powerful warrior.” Rama’s ability to comprehend his conscious devotion to the beliefs of his culture based on the idea of dharma, results in his own enlightenment, symbolizing the ideas and values of his culture. The monomyth consist of three major phases: the departure, initiation and return. In addition, it includes numerous steps however, I will be examining

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