TRIUMPH TRANSCENDING VICTIMHOOD: PORTRAYAL OF ‘DRAUPADI’ IN CHITRA BANNERJEE DIVAKARUNI’S THE PALACE OF ILLUSIONS
Keywords:perspective, defiance, discrimination
Draupadi is an exemplary character, despite being the victim of circumstances and patriarchal social norms that had vice like control over her destiny; she remained defiant and determined to act in her own wily way rather than being a passive player. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni revisits the absorbing saga of Mahabharata in her work The Palace of Illusions to bring out the psyche of Draupadi in a more contemporary perspective. The tale here is narrated by Draupadi herself, and voice is a powerful one making her the embodiment of self will and defiance.
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