Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : Indian Mythology

Deconstructing The Double Marginality In Psyche And Roles As A Social Construct In Devdutt Pattanaik's The Pregnant King

Ritu Raj Choudhary; Dr Yashoda Verma

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 8, Pages 3222-3227

Indian mythology is full of fascinating tales reflecting the social, political, religious as well as individual incitement. From ancient times till today, the world has been perceived only in binary oppositions which consign the social structure only in hetro- normative ideal of having an adamant notion of a man or woman, their social practice, behavior and fixed identities. The contemporary Post-modernist Indian writers through their writings shamble the power hierarchy and reconsider these social practices, softening the gender distinctions. This paper is based on contemporary literary texts of gender dichotomy in terms of Non-normative sexual identities from the epic Mahabharata presented in the book namely The Pregnant King written by Devdutta Pattanik. It is as an attempt to reinterpret the gender and psychological issues which testifies unawareness of a double marginality, an inequality felt by the Protagonist both in terms of gender and psyche. It redefines the roles and parameters of these underrated characters as a challenge in the society, the embodied form of action, knowledge, devotion and power. This book revisits the complex areas of mythology with a contemporary sensibility, to deconstruct the queerness, the ideas that questions fixed notions of Hetro-sexual society.