Metamorphosis as the Crux of the Character Vandiya Devan in Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan

  • K.M Kamalakkannan Associate Professor, Department of English, Erode Arts and Science College, Erode, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Heroes, Ponniyin Selvan, Vanthiya Devan, Adventures, Transformation


Human life is inherently compared. Man compares his life to other people’s lives. He has the intrinsic moral ability to balance the evil and good thoughts that bubble up from the depths of his mind. This is how literature and art have developed throughout all cultures. They have all been created in a comparative way. Literature has been a tool for teaching people about life and how it should and should not be. Images, symbols, and recurring themes from everyday life are used to illustrate the concepts. We refer to them as archetypes. They are the archaic pictures from global mythology that predominate in everyone’s minds. The journey of the hero is one such motif that has been predominating in the literary genre. This style totally maintains the hero’s quest as its foundation. They are fiercely patriotic toward their respective national identities. The great heroes of any nation are represented by their characters. Characters from the film “Ponniyin Selvan” such Aditya Karikalan, Arulmozhi Varman, and Vanthiyathevan are well-known for their quests, adventures, feuds, fights, and wars. Their quest and triumph serve as ideal illustrations of the hero archetype’s journey. In Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan, the transformation of the character Vanthiya Devan is extra ordinary. Thus, the present paper explores Vanthiya Devan’s transformation and achievements in the novel and film.

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Kamalakkannan, K. (2023). Metamorphosis as the Crux of the Character Vandiya Devan in Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvan. Shanlax International Journal of English, 12(1), 28-32.