Championing Ecology in Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Dreams
Keywords:Poisoned Water, Deforestation, Copper Mine, Pollution, Animal Dreams, Eco-Consciousness, Environment Conservation.
Destruction and depletion of nature is prevalent widely in the world today mainly owing to the consumer attitude of the populance. This paper aims to focus on Barbara Kingsolver’s famous novel Animal Dreams in championing the need for safe guarding the environment and it’s ecology. In the novel, Barbara Kingsolver portrays a very important town in history: and speaks about it’s fight against a dominant political bureaucratic corporation, to save the town from polluting it due to the act of mining. And the effect of dead tailings of the mine that are piled up which will bring calamity on the people of Grace and affect the natural resources such as the trees. Imploring this cause the novelist advocates the disastrous unhealthy outcomes of mining and the intensity of the problem. Her message to the readers is to prevent this folly and catastrophe of killing the earth only for the profit of some people. The ill-effects of industrialization which is paralysing the nation by it’s roots is spoken by the author. Barbara Kingsolver wants the people to be Eco-conscious and work for the welfare of the people and the earth.
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