Mythology refers to the beliefs or opinions that people have about something when one things that they are false and untrue. So we can say that mythology caters the material, spiritual and cultural aspirations of the people. Some of the traits of mythology are also referred in the religion and culture. Religion reflects both God and man. It is a life to be lived which allows scope and validity to varied approaches to the Divine. All great religions preach respect for other ways of life whatever their practices may be.
Religion is the binding force which deepens the solidarity of human society. Religion is fulfillment of man’s life, an experience in which every aspect of his being is raised to its highest extent. The followers of any religion, residing anywhere in the world are influenced by religion and its culture. The novels of Arun Joshi are not the exception to it. The traits of mythology are perpetually found in the main characters of Joshi’s novel which is the subject matter of this study.
Sindi’s quest for identity, meaning and purpose of life does not end in despair. He did not find any absurdity and estrangement and noticed a great change in the condition of life. Due to intense suffering and chaos in the life of Sindi and Sheila it was presumed that their relationship will develop in marriage.
In The Foreigner there appears a deep influence of the Bhagavad Gita wherein Sindi quotes certain verses from it, in which principles of detachment has been preached. But in the novel itself he did not believe in God or religion. He is full of passion and having sexual relations with Anna, Kathy, Christine and June. He keeps relations with one after another in the garb of theory of detachment. While talking to Sheila it reveals that he did not believe in social norms. Even morality is of no importance for him. When Sheila talks to Billy about the virtuous character of June, he feels hurt and says-------. “So you think one of these Marwari girls is really superior merely because of a silly membrane between her legs” 1
The same fact is enunciated while preaching to Arjuna in the Bhagavat Gita by Lord Krishna
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The meaning thereof is that “Those who are demoniac do not know what is to be done and what is not to be done. Neither cleanliness nor proper behavior nor truth is found in them.
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“They say that the world is unreal with no foundation, no God in control. This shows sex desire and has no cause other than lust.
It is the belief of Sindi that
”There is no end to suffering, no end
To struggle between good and evil” 4