SUSHREE SMITA RAJ
NORTH ODISHA UNIVERSITY
Writers are always engaged in search for an inspiration in order to incorporate it in their proposed works. Myth serves as a generous subject which provides a profound meaning and affinity to the illustrated literacy works. In English literature, the use of myth is an ancient tradition. Retelling of mythical stories and revisionist studies on mythical stories and mythical characters have now become a new field of exploration. Writers began to analyse mythical stories with feministic, cultural, and psycho analytic approaches. Fresh interpretations are made on the great Indian epic Mahabharata’s stories and characters. The women characters of the epic presented as an ideal epitome of patience and tolerance. But women are kept at the bottom of the social ladder. Their existence is neglected and suppressed. But the contemporary writers recreated, revised, redefined the female characters and give them a new voice, by making them strong, stubborn and independent. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions retells the story of an extra ordinary woman, Panchaali. She is the protagonist of the novel Divakaruni feminised Mahabharata by projecting the story of the epic through the point of view of Panchaali. Here myth serves as an open medium to express the silent tears, dead hopes and repressed emotions of women. Panchaali’s life and challenges remains as symbol for all women as they all are ‘unexpected’ and ‘not invited’ to this world.
Keywords – Myth, Revisionist writings, Feminism, Tradition, Epic