Specifics of Environmental Injustices in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People
This paper examines another human-produced environmental disaster caused by a transnational corporation, but one that is represented through fictional means in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People. It is also a focus on appeals made to American readers-viewers to examine of the portrayal of an American character in a novel. The paper transitions from a nonfiction detail of the human-caused pollution in the Niger Delta, to Sinha’s fictional recreation of the Union Carbide chemical factory disaster in Bhopal, India. Sinha crafts the American personage Dr. Elli Barber as a liminal character who represents the probability for dialogue between global and local attitudes and policies about environmental ethics, corporate manoeuvres, and individual accountability. A principal factor in the evolution of her character is Elli’s willingness to challenge how others perceive her and America’s role in the on-going tragedy that affects the local community. Once she decentres her position in the struggle and learns from the local movement against trying to dictate the terms of activism, space opens for potential resolutions.
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