DEEP ECOLOGY AND ECOSOPHY: A CONCEPTUAL ANALYSIS OF NOVELS THE ROOM ON THE ROOF AND VAGRANTS IN THE VALLEY BY RUSKIN BOND

R. Karthick, Dr. M. AshithaVaghese

Abstract


The frequent flooding, cyclones, droughts, desertified state of world provide an alarming vision towards downfall of the entire living kingdoms in the universe. Neither amending treatises in International forums nor discussing and debating the catastrophic effects human beings made upon the world will never going to change anymore.  On the contrary in the name of liberalism and excessive commoditization, the world, people and the environment was entirely destructed to the core. Nature and its significance become lost and human life is based on a human centered approach (anthropocentrism), where human life seems to be more dull, puzzled and absurd. In order to rejuvenate and save the planet from the crisis there is a need or demand raised to understand about the nature and its well being. In the process of realizing the importance of external environment (Nature), Deep Ecology and Ecological wisdom is inevitable. Because for understanding the self one needs to know who they are likewise to seek and gain knowledge about the world is possible by understanding nature. It can be achieved through creating one’s own Ecosophy which means gaining wisdom from nature. So learning from nature and creating a meaning from it will vary according to each and every person. Ruskin bond one of the few writers of the era who sketches the beauty of nature and portray the importance on human lives by a hidden wrap through his novels. Ruskin Bond’sThe Room on the Roof and Vagrants in the valleyare considered to be his masterpieces. In the two novels the protagonist Rusty undergoes several phases in understanding about the nature and self. The research attempts to portray the ecological wisdom gained by Rusty in the respective novels as well as how it transformed his life and provides a meaning and harmony for his existence.


Keywords


Anthropocentrism, Deep Ecology, Liberalism, Commoditization, Ecosophy

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