Research Scholar, Department of English, Holy Cross College ( Autonomous), Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu, India.
Christine Amsden is a blind American writer famous for science fiction stories. Though she is blind she has the power to sense the beauty of nature which induce her to protect the environment through her writing, on the other hand, she depicts the pathetic condition of the human beings who failed to concern the beauty of nature as if they are blind. The short story Gateway is about travel in starship Prelude, to create a new world. The only contact between the new world and the earth is through the portholes. Amsden has used the portholes as a symbol to expose the upcoming tragedy. The short story reveals the name of only three main characters, Estelle Stevenson the protagonist, and her parents Jerry and Emma Stevenson. Amsden also brings a nostalgic feeling to characters when their life is questioned. Loss of life, technological disaster, search for identity are some important themes in the short story. The paper is viewed in an ecological perspective which gives the warning to the people who goes behind technology without understanding its consequence. Further, this paper is about the preservation of our natural source instead of depending on the other new world.
ecology, technologic disaster, identity, nostalgic feeling, warning
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To cite this article
Prathisha, M. (2020). Eschewing Nature for Escapism: A study on Christine Amsden’s Gateway. Sparkling International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Studies, 3(2), 37-40.