Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2016)
Environmental advocacy in Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams
Author(s): Dr. E Beulah
Abstract: The consumer attitude of mankind is the primary cause of most anti-environmental behaviours that lead to nature degradation. This paper offers a close reading of Barbara Kingsolver‟s famous novel Animal Dreams analyzing the extent to which the novel advocates the need for environmental conservation. Kingsolver effectively portrays how an historically important town struggles against a politically powerful bureaucratic corporation and how its people finally succeed in saving the town from pollution that results from mining. The author makes it clear that the pile of dead tailings from the mining industry would soon destroy the living trees and lives of the people of Grace. She creates awareness of the urgency to retrieve the health of the earth by making the readers to contemplate on the unpleasant consequences of industrialization.