HIS 111 Ramayana Paper Assignment






Traditionally, the Ramayana has been ascribed to a single author, Vālmiki (circa 300 bce), but it is also likely that other oral traditions were cobbled together into the epic.  The Rāmāyaṇa in its long version consists of about twenty-four thousand verses in seven cantos, or books.  Fortunately for you, we are reading a reduced version!  I have always thought it pretty interesting that the monkey clan played such an important role in this epic, and so I settled on this image of Hanuman, the monkey king and Rama's devoted servant for this assignment's instruction.  A copper alloy figurine from the eleventh century (Chola period) in the southeastern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  Photo credit petrozo.

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Read the Ramayana (in its entirety).

Answer the following question in a one-page paper:

Citing specific evidence from the Ramayana (not from the textbook), explain some of the characteristics of the ideal ruler in ancient South Asian society.
Your paper must follow the following format:
  • typed using a word processor (font size 10 or 12 only)
  • one-inch margins
  • double-spaced
  • page number citations for your quoted evidence
  • not to exceed one (1) page
  • name, date and HIS 111, depending on your course, at the top left
  • must have a brief introduction and conclusion (each not to exceed two sentences)
  • You may consider submitting drafts of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my introduction clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).  You can send in multiple drafts (within reason) of an assignment before you submit for a grade.
  • At times, you may be asked to rewrite your essay before it is graded.  This is done for your own benefit and will result in an improved grade.
Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.
Please take a moment to review Charlie's History Writing Center for specific information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course.

Before proceeding, you might wish to read the short notes and review the study questions on the Ramayana.

The Ramayana Paper is worth a maximum of 100 points.



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