THE CHANGING ROLES OF WOMEN IN LITERATURE
The changing role of women in literature from the late 8th century B. C. to the 4th century A. D. is evident in that women become even more subservient in later works. This is portrayed in the works The Odyssey by Homer and Sakuntala by Kalidasa. Women are treated more like slaves in Sakuntala, while they are seen more like equals in The Odyssey. However, in Sakuntala, women
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in literature can be seen by reading and comparing Homer's The Odyssey and Kalidasa's
Sakuntala. The women in both works are highly valued the men close to them but not as much in society. Women can actually be seen as regressing instead of progressing in that they are made to seem more subservient in the later work.
Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fitzgerald. 1961, New York: Vintage-Random, 1990.
Kalidasa. Sakuntala. Trans. Barbara Stoler Miller.