Describe the Roles of Men and Women in Relationships and Society.

The Ramayana of Valmiki (Norton, Vol. 1, pages 686-726 (excerpts from the poem); Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues (to stream film, go to:
compare and contrast the two versions of this story. Don’t focus on superficial differences (number of scenes, etc.) but look at the key issues of men’s and women’s roles in relationships and society.
Compare and contrast The Ramayana of Valmiki (the Indian epic poem) and Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues (the modern film) in terms of their world views and their use of language. Draw upon at least one secondary, scholarly source.
Please focus on Rama and Sita’s relationship in the book and Dave and Nina’s relationship in the modern film. You can also include how the narrator in the film tells the story from Sita’s point of view as opposed to the book.


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