Aparajito The Unvanquished Analysis

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Aparajito -The Unvanquished: A Study in Deep Ecology:
The term deep ecology was also coined by Arne Naess who rejected the idea that anything can be ranked according to their relative value. The philosophy provides a foundation for the green movement fostering environmental ethics of wilderness preservation, harmonious relationship among organisms, and simple living ("Deep ecology - Wikipedia", 2017). Bibhutibhushan’s second novel Aparajito -The Unvanquished (1931), is a sequel to “Pather Panchali”. It carries forward Apu’s ecological vision through his close intimacy with nature. His love of nature gets its maturity here in this novel. The novelist says- “The shadowy woods, the distant call of a bird on this lazy evening, the sky that was a shade of peacock blue, the soft scent of
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Every act of man’s arrogance-the building of empires, the naming of mountains and lakes after kings and queens, the killing of animals and birds to promote trade, the destruction of glorious pine forests to open factories-every ruinous attempt would be crushed, every score settled”(352).Bibhutibhushan’s concept of ‘nature’ is akin to the Vedic thought as believed in ‘the enormous strength of the forest and the powers of nature’(352). To him, nature is ‘apparently lost in silent meditation like Shiva, all her fury curbed and controlled for the moment, but just waiting with infinite patience for the right time, the opportunity to strike’(352). The impact of Nature on Apu is such that he even gave up hunting a deer which resembled the large ,clear, expressive eyes of Kajal (his child) brimming with innocent wonder. Bibhutibhushan, the high priest of nature was also a pioneer of environmental
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