Nature and Childhood in Ruskin Bond’s Short Stories

Authors

  • Himanshu Kumar Assistant Professor Department of English Hansraj College University of Delhi Delhi, India.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56062/gtrs.2023.2.08.445%20

Keywords:

Nature, childhood, Romantic, innocence, experience, storytelling.

Abstract

Ruskin Bond, an eminent Indian author, is lauded for his ability to exquisitely capture the spirit of nature and the naivety of childhood in his literary creations. His short stories portray the deep influence of nature on the lives and experiences of his child protagonists. Romantic poets such as William Wordsworth and William Blake envisaged an intimate connection between nature and childhood. Wordsworth portrays nature as a comforting retreat offering relief and revitalisation where childhood innocence is idealised. On the other hand, Blake juxtaposes childhood innocence with the grim realities of life, often using nature as a symbol for these opposing states. Bond's stories delve into the importance of nature by highlighting how various aspects of the world serve as a setting for his characters’ escapades. They explore how the distinct flora and fauna found in the Himalayan region play a significant role in shaping the characters’ perceptions and choices throughout their journeys. In addition, they focus on Bond’s portrayal of childhood, emphasising traits such as callowness, fortitude, and inquisitiveness exhibited by his characters. This paper examines how the young characters in Bond’s stories manoeuvre through the challenges of a fast-changing world and find comfort and knowledge through their interactions with nature. His storytelling not only encases the innocent and delightful aspects of childhood but also delivers a powerful message about the environment. It encourages readers to value, protect, and peacefully coexist with nature.

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Published

2023-11-25

How to Cite

Himanshu Kumar. (2023). Nature and Childhood in Ruskin Bond’s Short Stories. Creative Saplings, 2(08), 10–21. https://doi.org/10.56062/gtrs.2023.2.08.445