Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 4A Page No.: 1774-1778 April-June 2013




Sinha Jyotsna* and Gautam Vijeta

Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology,
Allahabad (INDIA)


Received on : December 05, 2012




This paper analyses the relation between individuals and natural world. In the early 1970s, Canadian cultural nationalism positioned wilderness as mark of difference as well as an object of ecological faith. Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing reflects this engrossment with wilderness. In the process of discovering the circumstances encompassing her father’s death, the unnamed protagonist of the novel, retrieves touch with her past and her hidden emotional life. Struggling to repossess her identity and origin, she begins a psychological journey that leads her directly into the natural world. To achieve a true vision, she has to turn away from the normal world and accept a transformation of her existence a literally altered state of consciousness through which the metamorphosed state of nature can be perceived. The paper examines behaviour and reaction of the protagonist in relation to nature and ecological aspects.


Keywords : Nature, Eco-criticism, Exploitation, Femininity, Identity