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Divine Heroes the Epic Tradition The Ramayana is a story of the Hindu religion and some of its most important characters and deities The basic story of the Ramayana is about Dasharathas several sons that were born to his three wives His eldest son Rama is much loved by all of the towns citizens and is on the path to succeed his father as king Ramas stepmother Kaikeyi is very reluctant to let this happen so she gets Dasharatha to send Rama into the woods and Rama agrees to his fathers request Sita demands that she and Lakshmana be allowed to accompany Rama into the woods and they are allowed to go Bharata Ramas brother follows Rama and pleads for him to return Later on in their travels the sister of the demon Ravana tries to entice Rama and destroy Sita Sita is later on kidnapped and taken to Ravanas city in Lanka Rama orders monkeys to search for Sita and the divine monkey Hanuman finds her and promises her a release After Sita is brought back to freedom Rama becomes king of Ayodhya Rama is a very important character because he is the eldest of the kings three sons and therefore is set to be his fathers successor at the thrown Throughout the Ramayana Dharma is a very important theme Dharma signifies order law duty and truth all of which Rama is well equipped with Rama is depicted to the reader as someone who has all of those qualities in one-way or another Rama is truthful and obedient to his fathers requests and never breaks a promise which is why he ends up being king In a way this story relates back to Karma because Rama did everything right and he did everything he was supposed to do and at the end of the story it paid off as he became the king
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