Representation of Biotic Community in Cormac McCarthy’s The Orchard Keeper


  • M. Rajalakshmi , Dr. N. Latha


Man has always been an intruder in the peaceful life amidst the wild in Appalachia. The
civilization so called ‘modern’ supposed to have crept in with the advent of wheels and vehicles
from steam engines to the luxury cars of today, have only been a disturbance to the wildlife
across the world; and Appalachia is not an exemption. It is a frightening fact that our planet is
now in the midst of a mass extinction of flora and fauna. Ever since the loss of the dinosaurs, 65
million years ago, mankind now witnesses the spate of deaths of species at the highest rates. It is
studied that we are losing species at up to a thousand times, approximately, dozens of species
going extinct almost every day. In any work of art, the author employs animal imagery to express
symbolically, the traits of the environment around him; the environment inclusive of flora and
fauna and how man alienates his surroundings by assuming a standard, higher than the lives of
any kind, immaterial of gender or species. All of Cormac McCarthy’s fictions lie within a natural
world, and they deal with survival and the fight for the existentialist survival. The paper
discusses the instances from The Orchard Keeper This paper deals with the representation of
man-animal as ecological components and thereby attempts to discern the McCarthy’s stand in
considering man as a part of the biotic community.


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M. Rajalakshmi , Dr. N. Latha. (2020). Representation of Biotic Community in Cormac McCarthy’s The Orchard Keeper. PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt / Egyptology, 17(6), 8690 - 8695. Retrieved from