Gun Island: A Tale of Myth, Migration and Climate Change

Authors

  • Ashna Francis

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i9.11163

Keywords:

Amitav Ghosh, Climate Change, Illegal Immigrants, Species Migration, Myth and Magic

Abstract

Gun Island is a story of travel and migrations, overlaid with myth and folktales, and the deepening crisis of climate change. It presents an intricately interwoven plot which connects human and animal, past and present, natural and the supernatural. This paper attempts to explore how the notion of interconnectedness manifests itself in each of these elements. Gun Island uses the myth of the Gun Merchant as a nexus to draw parallels between the Little Ice Age and our present-day scenario where droughts, floods, cyclones, wildfires and epidemics have become a part of our everyday lives. Gun Island projects unprecedented climatic conditions as the primary cause for these natural disasters. It becomes a clarion call for climate induced migrations as it skillfully portrays people and entire communities being uprooted from their native land and the drastic changes in the migratory patterns of different species due to changing climes and warming waters. Instead of projecting warnings of impending doom and apocalypse Gun Island focuses on giving the readers hope for a better tomorrow.

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Author Biography

Ashna Francis

Lecturer in English

College of Applied Science

Kundara, Kerala, India

References

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Eaglescliffe, Beth. “Venice, Italy, Is Being Destroyed by Tourism and Flooding.” Wander Wisdom, 17 Aug. 2021, wanderwisdom.com/travel-destinations/Venice-Tourism-Sinking.

Ghosh, Amitav. Gun Island. Penguin Random House India, 2019.

Ians. “Amitav Ghosh unveils the 'Magic of the Bonduki' in his latest book 'Gun Island.'” The New Indian Express, 2 Jul. 2019, www.newindianexpress.com/lifestyle/books/2019/jul/02/amitav-ghosh-unveils-the-magic-of-the-bonduki-in-his-latest-book-gun-island-1998333.html.

Maslin, Mark. Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2014.

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Published

29-09-2021

How to Cite

Francis, A. . (2021). Gun Island: A Tale of Myth, Migration and Climate Change. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(9), 22–35. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i9.11163