Shakuntala

Shakuntala was interesting because it was basically just an Indian Fairy tale. It has kings, wizards, of a kind, references to higher magic, the classic hero’s journey, and a surprisingly happy ending. It was honestly nice to have a happy ending, the king was reunited with Shakuntala and met his son. It got me thinking a lot about Indian folklore and the lore of other nations in general. Of course then I had to do the direct comparison to American mythology and it’s interesting the differences there are. There is so much mysticism in Eastern lore, even in this the king goes to heaven as a reward. Compare that to say Greek Mythology, sure there is a heroic afterlife, but you get there you stay there. You do not get to just go there for shits and giggles. The king comes back, and gets a real reward in the form of a loving family. I think it is interesting. I want to talk more about East V West mythology. 

2 thoughts on “Shakuntala

  1. This is one of the problems and absurdities of PSU only having ONE Global Literature class. A Global Myths class would be incredible! (For example: http://mythfolklore.net/). We’d need to add that course in addition to Currents in Global Literature, though, which needs more modern components.

  2. I also really enjoyed this reading, and thought it was nice to read a fairytale, it felt almost like a break to read, just a flowy one. I also liked how it was a happy ending since that’s always relieving. I also thought it was nice how the king ended up with Shakuntala in the end, and definitely was my favorite so far in the class. Nice reflection!

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