Ecocriticism In William Shakespeare's The Tempest

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Ecocriticism emerges in the field of literary criticism in the face of the environmental degradation and ecological crisis. Ecocriticism is the study of the relationship between literature and the physical environment, it takes an earth centered approach to literary studies .Despite the broad scope of inquiry and disparate levels of sophistication, all ecological criticism shares one fundamental premise the human culture is connected to the physical world, affecting it and affected by it. Ecocriticism takes as its subject the interconnection between nature and culture, specifically the cultural artifacts of language and literature. Shakespeare’s The Tempest has to offer, as it also speaks the issue of morality, primogeniture and even carrier some interesting Eco-critical reading. The play explores the relationship between man and nature further probes the destruction of the original social when the ecological balance is broken. This paper analyse Shakespeare’s The Tempest by an ecocritical interpretation.

INTRODUCTION William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon, “was not for an age but for all time”! He was a single creative genius, who in his plays, encompassed so much of variety, profundity, and abundance of life that his plays have today been canonized as “humanistic scriptures, the tested residue of pragmatic wisdom, a general collection of quotable texts and usable examples.” Reprinted and re-edited time and again, commented
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