Exploring Ecological Disruption as A Catalyst for Cultural Transformation in 'A Bend in the River': From Flowing Waters to Shifting Identities

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Dr. Sanjit K. Mishra


This paper explores the intricate interplay between ecological disruption and cultural transformation as depicted in V.S. Naipaul's novel, 'A Bend in the River'. Set in post-colonial Africa, the novel serves as a lens through which to examine the profound effects of environmental changes on society and identity. Through the experiences of the protagonist, Salim, Naipaul portrays how the degradation of the Congo River ecosystem triggers a cascade of social and cultural upheaval. This abstract delves into the themes of adaptation, resilience, power dynamics, and exploitation, as portrayed in the novel. By analysing the ways in which ecological disruption acts as a catalyst for cultural transformation, this paper sheds light on the enduring legacy of colonialism and the resilience of human communities in the face of environmental change. Through a nuanced exploration of 'A Bend in the River', this abstract aims to contribute to a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between ecology, culture, and society in post-colonial contexts. In 'A Bend in the River', V.S. Naipaul offers a powerful meditation on the interplay between ecological disruption, cultural transformation, and human resilience. Through richly drawn characters and evocative prose, Naipaul invites readers to contemplate the complex dynamics shaping post-colonial societies. Ultimately, the novel serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring impact of environmental change on the human experience.

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