Money, property, and possessions play an enormous role in the play The Little Clay Cart. How does the material wealth (or lack thereof) affect the relationship between the two main characters caught in the strict Indian "Caste" system? Do you agree that even in the twenty-first century, the virtue of character and integrity supersede monetary wealth?

Cārudatta's self-created impoverishment makes him ill-equipped to court the wealthy Vasantasenā, while the evil Samsthānaka's elevated social status makes him a much better suitor in The Little Clay Cart. However, the line between wealth and virtue are often blurred in the Hindu caste system, as wealth was believed to be a reward for earned virtue in a past life. As such, the union of Cārudatta and Vasantasenā at the end can only be validated by the restoration of Cārudatta's wealth.

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The Little Clay Cart (also called Mṛcchakatika in Sanskrit) is a stage play by the Indian king and playwright Śūdraka. It tells the tale of an impoverished young man, Cārudatta, from a socially superior Hindu caste system who falls for a wealthy, highly regarded courtesan, Vasantasenā.

In India's caste system, wealth was often a replacement for traditional virtue; in other words, society deemed those with the greatest wealth also among the most virtuous because they allegedly earned such wealth by being virtuous in their past life and were therefore deserving of their privileges in this one.

The play complicates matters because Cārudatta has become impoverished due to his acts of charity and generosity, mainly to the welfare state and friends who have squandered it. By normal measures, he should be a good fit for Vasantasenā, but his virtue in this life has left him in a position of social...

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