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Volume 5 Issue 6
The Myth Of Bhasmasura, Modernity And Self-destruction–a Study Of R.k.narayan’s Maneater Of Malgudi
|Abstract||Myth is a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events that play a fundamental role in a society. Myths are often used by religious authorities and are closely linked to religion. The main characters in myths are usually non-humans like demons, fairies and some imaginative creatures. Myths generally include specific accounts of gods or superhuman beings involved in extraordinary events or circumstances in a time that is unspecified but which is understood as existing apart from ordinary human experience.
Our ancestors weaved stories, legends with supernatural elements to bring about a moral fear and awareness among people .The concern for nature’s preservation was evident in their literature .In the modern era, we are destroying nature at an unprecedented rate, threatening the survival of a million species – and our own future, too .Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that millions of plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction, posing a dire threat to ecosystems that people all over the world depend on for their survival. Global warming is one such example it seems to be a seed of man’s self-destruction .
The myth of Bhasmasura speaks about such a self -destructive tendency of human beings. Disturbing and destructing nature, man is aiming at his own destruction, not of natures’. Bhasmasura misuses his boon and aims at destroying the very force that gave him such bounty, hence self –destruction was destined by Mohini avatar of Vishnu. In Man-eater of Malgudi, the myth is so well blended that the modernity is somehow a self- destructive seed for man. As William Wordsworth mentions that Industrial Revolution has marred the loveliness of nature. Probably Narayan through the charater of vasu is intending the same.
vasu is an embodiment of such selfish and self-cantered attitude of the modern man. .His behaviour of having illicit sexual relations , blindly following the short-cuts to earn more and more money, at the cost of other’s lives. Killing the innocent animals, threatening people of Malgudi, destroying their property –every bit of his character specifies the intoxication of modern man considering himself omnipotent and invincible that leads him towards his own destruction. Narayan gives a very powerful message through the character of Vasu that evil always brings self-destruction . He depicts the reality of modern man through this myth
|Keywords||Myth, Bhasmasura, self –destruction, social evil, environmental imbalance|
|Published In||Volume 5, Issue 6, November-December 2023|
|Cite This||The Myth Of Bhasmasura, Modernity And Self-destruction–a Study Of R.k.narayan’s Maneater Of Malgudi - Aravind R - IJFMR Volume 5, Issue 6, November-December 2023. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2023.v05i06.8360|
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