Mahabharata And The Iliad Analysis

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human imagination and these arise due to the common ways of the response of the human mind to common experience. It is a natural instinct in man to understand these essentially similar responses by comparisons and contrasts. The epics like the Mahabharata and the Iliad share larger areas of common interest. Both the epics are two variations on a common human theme and studied in the background of the cultural movements that produced them. They have a definite place in the evolution of forms and the history of ideas and the comparative study helps to view them at once in their particular time and place and in their ability to rise to be universal. Comparative mythology finds the subject wherever it is the triumph of the human spirit or the struggle of the principles of good or evil and presents it through the lives of the characters in the epic. The Mahabharata and the Iliad are two such greatest epic stories that reflect the triumph of the human spirit amid self-destruction, reflecting the life and spirit of their particular cultural contexts at different stages of human history. Both the epics are at once representatives of national culture, poetry par excellence and sublime visions of human existence in their significant aspects. The extent and depth of their visions establish their undisturbed primacy of place in world history. In both…show more content…
It’s writing is followed by the ‘Kali Yuga’, which was a period of retrogression in which families were waging war” (Rodrigues 227). The ‘Maha’ in the title the Mahabharata indicates the text size and tendency ‘to refuse to be circumscribed by any singular perspective- that is, it’s being consciously and blatantly inter-textual’ (Huberman 151-52) and ‘Bharata’ indicates India itself. It stands as an epitome of greater India and can be called ‘the quintessence of everything that is Indian’ (Sanyal
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