Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2017, Page: 24-29
Thoreau’s Ecocriticism: An Improved Means to Unimproved Ends
Vipin K. Sharma, Department of English, English Language Center, Jazan University, Jazan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Received: Dec. 28, 2016;       Accepted: Feb. 14, 2017;       Published: Mar. 6, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajad.20170201.14      View  1629      Downloads  66
The point of this paper is to foster an awareness of the varied uses to which scholars are putting the term ‘ecocriticism’ in varied perspectives today. Thoreau’s Walden is such indisputable literary monument on environmental literature to explore, upkeep and strengthen interest in establishing pragmatic relationship between the human and natural worlds. Thoreau lived simply without “modern improvements” which he called “improved means to unimproved ends.” This displays how one places oneself in the nature world, understands nature, and the environmental aspects to cast-off materialism. Thoreau rejects what is profane and superficial but pleads nature as the storehouse of sincerity and impartiality. He proves that society creates loneliness and fear, which can be dispelled by content with Nature. A man is never alone if he is aware of his non-human relationships. The paper perhaps is a seminal attempt to make some evolution toward fostering and legitimizing the sweats of ecocritics in ecocriticism (across) milieu. It sufficiently accounts for the personal connection and sense of responsibility towards self, society, literary studies and nature. Thoreau’s Walden elevates the concept of ecocriticism further to have interdisciplinary impact beyond prejudice to create a ‘universal discipline’ to discuss, innovate and create healthy literature-environment anthology to live in for progenies. This convinces intellectuals to pursue an interest in ecology while enduring literary professionals. Thoreau’s belief in nature sets new tenets that address the major ecological concerns to see it ‘greening’ to prevent ‘The Endangered Earth- a virulent veracity’ tomorrow.
Ecocriticsm, Nature, Environment, Society, Walden
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Vipin K. Sharma, Thoreau’s Ecocriticism: An Improved Means to Unimproved Ends, American Journal of Art and Design. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017, pp. 24-29. doi: 10.11648/j.ajad.20170201.14
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