Shakuntala

by

Kalidasa

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Marica Character Analysis

Marica is the father of the god Indra and a divine sage, the head of the celestial hermitage to which Shakuntala was spirited away by nymphs and has since lived with her son, Sarvadamana. At the end of the play, he explains Durvasas’s curse to Shakuntala and King Dusyanta, blesses their family, and sends them to live together in the King’s court.

Marica Quotes in Shakuntala

The Shakuntala quotes below are all either spoken by Marica or refer to Marica. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
The Natural World, The Body, and Spiritual Beauty Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Shakuntala published in 2008.
Act 7  Quotes

MARICA. When Menaka came to Aditi, transporting her daughter from the nymphs' ford in such obvious distress, I saw, in meditation, that you had rejected your forest wife because of a curse, spoken by Durvasas. I saw too that the curse would lift when you caught sight of this ring.

KING [sighing with relief]. So—I am not to blame.

SHAKUNTALA [to herself]. It's good to know my husband didn't reject me for no reason at all. And yet I don't remember being cursed. Or perhaps it fell unnoticed through the emptiness of separation that engulfed me then. My friends did urge me to show the ring to my husband.

MARICA. Daughter, now you know the truth. Feel no resentment towards your lord:

When his memory was cursed,
Your husband was cruel to you,
But that darkness has lifted
And your power's renewed;
The mirror was tarnished,
The image obscure,
But with polishing
It all becomes clear.

Related Characters: Shakuntala (speaker), King Dusyanta (speaker), Marica (speaker), Durvasas
Page Number: 103
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Marica Character Timeline in Shakuntala

The timeline below shows where the character Marica appears in Shakuntala. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 7 
The Natural World, The Body, and Spiritual Beauty Theme Icon
Duty vs. Love Theme Icon
...where asceticism ends in perfect success.” The king wishes to descend to honor its sage, Marica, Indra’s father. (full context)
The Natural World, The Body, and Spiritual Beauty Theme Icon
Duty vs. Love Theme Icon
Prophecies and Curses Theme Icon
They enter Marica’s tranquil hermitage. While Dusyanta waits for an audience with Marica, he senses another omen, a... (full context)
Duty vs. Love Theme Icon
Prophecies and Curses Theme Icon
Concealment and Separation Theme Icon
The family of three goes together to see Marica. Marica and his wife, Aditi, the parents of Indra, greet and bless Dusyanta and Shakuntala:... (full context)
Duty vs. Love Theme Icon
Concealment and Separation Theme Icon
Marica confirms that their son, Sarvadamana, will be a universal emperor who will later be called... (full context)