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Dharma-is an Indian Spiritual and religious
term, that means one's righteous duty or any
virtuous path in the common sense of the term.
Ones role to fulfill your purpose in your caste.
Yudhistira-Eldest and most capable brother
Bhima- Second eldest; third to enter
Arjuna- third son; second to enter
Nakula- fourth son; first to enter
Sahadeva- fifth son; fourth to enter
A conflict between the two families , the kaurava and the Pandavas. Set off
by Duryodhana, he played a game of chance with the eldest Pandava
brother and cheated him. The pandavas lost their freedom and were
sentenced to 12 years of exile in the forest. In this book, the brothers are
still in exile and only have one year left.
The importance to the piece, is that the oldest Pandava brother showed
wisdom without acting on impulse thus saving his family because of
his wisdom, willpower, integrity and poise.
The other four brothers are to show the contrast to Yudhistira , and by
showing what happens when acting on impulse and not showing
Test him to see beyond the physical spectrum
of the world. and answer questions relating to
the metaphysical part of the world.
The theme is being able to think through
situations wisely rather than rashly while
under a difficult circumstance.
Wise Vs. Rash
One must fulfill your own Dharma.
Unlike heroism depicted in many other epics,
depends less on less on physical powers or
cleverness and more on the proper fulfillment