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Vol. 9, Issue 4, Part C (2023)

Ecological aspects in Indian Epic: An ecocritical study of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s ‘the palace of illusions’

Ecological aspects in Indian Epic: An ecocritical study of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s ‘the palace of illusions’

Author(s)
Anjali Priya
Abstract
Ecology is the scientific study of interactions among organisms and with their physical environment. Man cannot be considered in isolation from his environment. “As Literature engages with life and everything in the world, it must also engage with the environment” (Murali Sivaramkrishnan). Hence it becomes highly imperative that we as literary scholars should deliberate about environment as about other human issues, so that we can provide a new perspective and find alternative solutions. Ecocriticism, a study of relationship of nature with human beings as represented in literature, plays an important role in empowering the world ecological vision. This paper aims at analyzing Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novel The Palace of Illusions from an ecological viewpoint. Moreover, it envisions the human relationship with the natural world in the epic through the concept of spiritual ecology. The novel is a retelling of the Indian epic The Mahabharata, from the perspective of Draupadi. She censures men whose ego and insatiable greed resulted in the destruction of both his kind and nature in the War of Kurukshetra. An investigation of the narration highlights the novel as a review of war and environmental destruction. The novel gives acute awareness of nature, its relationship to humankind and the human attitude towards it. In her mythic tale, Divakaruni clearly voices her concerns for nature and criticizes man’s anthropocentric attitude. Her writings emerge as environmentally aware texts, proficient in themes and metaphors of nature that serve the purpose of illustrating her empathy with subalterns, especially nature, women and downtrodden. The present paper attempts to study multifaceted ecological aspects in the myths of India through recognizing ecosensibility in Divakaruni’s fiction.
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How to cite this article:
Anjali Priya. Ecological aspects in Indian Epic: An ecocritical study of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s ‘the palace of illusions’. Int J Appl Res 2023;9(4):181-183. DOI: 10.22271/allresearch.2023.v9.i4c.10750
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