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Though it appears Book 7 supports the theme of dharma because Rama has a duty to his subjects it actually undermines it because Rama has a separate dharma to his wife Ramas dharma as a husband outweighs his dharma as a king and by not trusting Sitas purity he is a disloyal husband Rama loses sight of his dharma to Sita which includes honesty by tricking her into visiting Valmiki when really he is throwing her out of Ayodhya Ramas own faithfulness to Sita is equally important as her faithfulness to him but Book 7 loses sight of that by positively portraying Rama banishing Sita As king of Ayodhya part of Ramas dharma is that he has a wife that is completely devoted to him If Sita had been touched by Ravana as suggested in Book 7 the men in his kingdom would now have to tolerate unfaithfulness from their own wives because whatever the king does his subjects will follow Prime 95 In this sense Rama has every right to throw Sita out of Ayodhya for suspecting she had been unfaithful to him However Rama has another dharma as a husband that challenges his duties as king and this is where Book 7 begins to misinterpret the theme of dharma Ramas dharma as Sitas husband means trusting and respecting her and after she had already proven her innocence once it is unfair for him to reject her a second time After Sita had entered the flames when Rama first rejected her the fire god Agni saved her and instructed Rama to treat her gently because Sita was without sin 89 Not only is Rama disobeying his dharma as a husband he is also ignoring it after Agni made it clear Sita was pure It is because Rama chooses his dharma as king and banishing his wife whose purity has been proven and confirmed by the gods that make him a disloyal
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