Human-Nonhuman Interaction: An Analysis of Amitav Gosh's Hungry Tide
Author(s):
Khyati Bhardwaj, Dr. Bindu Karnwal
Keywords:
nature, human, ecosystem, Sundarbans, and marginalized people
Abstract
Humans and nature have always shared an unbreakable and interconnected link. The relationship between man and nature has always been mysterious and ambiguous. Nature can be both a provider and a destroyer for human beings. In today’s scenario, humans think that they can take over nature by developing new technologies. The humanistic belief of man is that he is superior to nature. But men forget that they are just an inseparable part of nature. According to Karl Marks, ‘man lives from death and maintains a continuing dialogue with it if he does not die'. In some areas, man and nature have a harmonious relationship with each other, and humans completely depend on nature for their livelihood. But on the other hand, man and nature have conflicted and victimised each other. In literature, many authors from different parts of the world and even Indian authors have tried to portray this sensitive yet complex relationship between man and nature. Amitav Ghosh is one of those authors who has tried to show ecological issues in his novels. Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide (2004) is one of the finest examples of such a novel. In this novel, Ghosh represents the life of marginalised and poor people in the Sundarbans, a mangrove area near the Bay of Bengal. This novel shows the interdisciplinary relationship and the conflict between humankind and the natural world of the Sundarbans. These forests of the Sundarbans are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the home of the Bengal Tiger. The central idea of this study is to show the interrelationship, interaction, and conflict between the marginalised people and wildlife of the Sundarbans. This study examines Amitav Ghosh’s The Hungry Tide in the context of eco-criticism.
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Unique Paper ID: 157642

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 7

Page(s): 664 - 667
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