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Volume 1 Issue 11

April 2015

The Quintessence of Ecology in Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide
Dr. S. Alexander, 
Associate Professor & Head, 
Department of English, 
Government Arts College, 
Karur, Tamil Nadu, India

Mr. P. Saravanan, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Government Arts College, 
Karur, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
The nature and literature goes hand in hand and the world of literature throngs with the works dealing with beauty and power of nature. Indeed, the concern for ecology and the threat - the continuous misuse of the environment - has recently caught the attention of writers not only of science but of humanities too. This sense has given rise to a new branch of literary study called Ecocriticism which express its idea that the literary world must include the entire ecosphere of the universe. The term ‘ecology’ is defined by Haeckel as the scientific study of the relationship between the organisms and the environment. In other words it is defined as the study of oikos, the Greek term which means ‘household’. Amitav Ghosh has become the first Indian writer, who strongly engage with ecological issues in Indian English fiction. Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide allocates with the study of the nature writing and the book is about one of the most dynamic nature of ecological systems of the world. This novel clearly brings out the wrath of nature and fragility of humans who are always at the mercy of nature. The Hungry Tide reveals how ecological concerns and conservation efforts serve as a mere disguise to camouflage the pursuit of political ends. Ghosh draws a mediating line between his work The Hungry Tide and ecocriticism that opens the eyes of man to look upon the plight of Sunderbans where both animals and human beings live a life of animosity. The spirit of the ecology goes up and down throughout the novel and the author maintains his narration fairly in relation to the ecological issues pertaining to an island of Sunderbans.
Keywords
Ecocriticism; Ecology; Amitav Ghosh; The Hungry Tide.
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