Arjuna's Moral and Military Struggle Analytical Essay by Moondust

Arjuna's Moral and Military Struggle
An examination of the moral struggle which Arjuna, the main character from "The Bhagavad Gita" must undergo.
# 11148 | 741 words | 0 sources | 2002 | US
Published on May 17, 2003 in Literature (World) , Religion and Theology (Eastern)

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This paper shows how "The Bhagavad Gita"'s main character, Arjuna, must make a decision about whether or not to fight and why. The Bhagavad Gita is writings about Lord Krishna and his power. It shows how only Lord Krishna can help provide answers. The writer provides an analysis of these moral struggles and themes which constitute the major focus of the novel.

From the Paper:

"War is a powerful experience. How many individuals have had to take their places on the bloody front of killing and wonder what exactly their actions will result in? For one man, Arjuna, these moral issues of killing his kinsmen and pondering the resulting state of his spiritual well-being are paralyzing. War, he realizes, not only involves the "simple" act of physically taking lives, but it also affects the deeper universal soul, or Ātmā. What should he do? What should he think? Who should he seek help from? These answers and many more come in the form of his God, Krishna, the ultimate source of clarity for Arjuna in his crippling confusion."

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