By: Nina Pale
These notes are over the film Sita Sings the Blues, Part A. There is a great focus on Sita and I love that!
- Rama is banished from his father's kingdom.
- Sita said to Rama "If you go, I go."
- Sita is head over heels for Rama. --> Even with no money, she is still thankful.
- Rama defeats any threat to safety they have in the forest.
- Ravana is king of Lanka who seems to be a really good guy.
- --> His only flaw is taking Sita away from Rama.
- --> Taking Sita away from Rama is instigated by Ravana's sister, because she wanted to hurt Rama for killing their people and animals.
- Ravana's sister convinces him by saying "Sita is the most beautiful woman in the world."
- Sita is kidnapped by Ravana and he takes her to Lanka
- Sita leaves a "trail" for people to find her by dropping her jewelry.
- Hanunan's sole purpose is to help Rama.
- -->Rama asks Hanunan to find Sita.
- Sita stays under a tree in Lanka either:
- worshiping Rama
- rejecting Ravana over and over again
- Hanunan arrives to Lanka and searches for Sita.
- --> As Hanunan looks for Sita, he also sets the kingdom of Lanka on fire.
- --> Hanunan finds Sita but Sita does not go back to Rama with him because she wants Rama himself to find and rescue her.
- Sita's want for this is perceived in different ways.
- --> Her action is seen as a mistake.
- --> Her action is seen as wanting to glorify Rama because he would be the one to save her and Rama could fight and defeat Ravana.
- Rama organizes an army of half-monkey/half-human creatures to fight against Ravana's army to get back Sita.
- Rama's army defeats Ravana's army.
- Rama and Sita's first fight (or it seems to be the first) occurs:
- However, Rama doubt Sita's purity because she has been in the kingdom of Ravana.
- Sita is hurt and argues her purity.
- Rama believes Sita through being convinced by a washerman.
- So Rama believes Sita is pure and begs Sita to forgive him for doubting her.
- Sita forgives Rama.
- Sita is so happy they have made up. --> "No rainbow without rain."
Rama and Sita forgive each other after (what seems to be) their first fight.
Bibliography: Sita Sings the Blues, Part A by Nina Paley. Created 2008.