Breaking New Grounds: Listening to the Silent Echoes of Draupadi in The Palace of Illusions

Authors

  • Dilshad Kaur Guru Nanak Girls College Santpura, Yamunanagar (Haryana)

Keywords:

discourse, representation, woman's experience, fantasy, stories, masculinity

Abstract

The experiences of women have often been considered too trivial to secure any
strong depiction in literature. But Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's re-imagining of
Draupadi's life in her ground-breaking work The Palace of Illusions (2008)
counters this notion by showing women's inner experience to be a storehouse
not only of humane emotions but also of self assertion and self respect. It is
Panchali's story told by none other than the epic's heroine herself. She
redefines the whole world of Kauravas and Pandavas and the power tussle
which culminated in the great war of Mahabharata at Kurukshetra. The grand
canvas of Mahabharata with its heroes and gods is laid bare before us and this
time Draupadi is not staggering on the margins; she is at the centre, voicing her
anguish and disgust against the unjust society which crushes the aspirations
and dreams of a promising woman with impunity. Divakaruni's Draupadi prods
the reader to interrogate some of the notions and institutions which the society
holds in high esteem. Concepts of marriage, valour, masculine ambition and
sense of honour are all made to pass the litmus test

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Published

2019-01-02

How to Cite

Dilshad Kaur. (2019). Breaking New Grounds: Listening to the Silent Echoes of Draupadi in The Palace of Illusions. BRICS JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 9(3 & 4), 5-9. Retrieved from https://www.bricsjer.com/index.php/brics/article/view/133