The Use of Nature in Michael Ondaatje's Novel, "Anil's Ghost" Analytical Essay

The Use of Nature in Michael Ondaatje's Novel, "Anil's Ghost"
This paper explores the use of nature in Michael Ondaatje's novel, "Anil's Ghost".
# 4841 | 1,305 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 27, 2002 in English (Analysis) , English (Persuasive Writing) , Literature (General)

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This paper argues how the main characters, in Michael Ondaatje’s novel, "Anil’s Ghost", revolve around nature's authority on the human experience. It describes in depth, the microcosm of the story as adorned with verbal illustrations of Sri Lanka’s natural endowments and qualities.

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"To achieve a comfortable understanding of any world or circumstance should require a confident understanding of the environment that frames it. This is something that an author, when crafting a universe for readers that must be assumed ignorant, needs always to retain in cognizance. Certainly this was an underlying element to the process by which Michael Ondaatje rendered Anil’s Ghost, a novel that decisively revolves its prime players around the criticality of nature to the human experience. This is so much the case in this piece, in fact, that nature itself takes on a dynamic character role, subject like many of the actual characters to dramatic shifts in temperament, exertion of authority and necessary seasonal routine. As such, Ondaatje is insistent upon integrating nature’s participation into actions, anecdotes and memories of great significance in imparting his story. Throughout Anil’s Ghost, Ondaatje employs devices embedded in the concepts of a narrative shaped world, a reader shaped narrativity and a network of knowledge systems in order to investigate the numerous functions of nature therein, and consequently illuminating the social circumstances that his character’s experience. "

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