Treatment of Nature: An Ecocriticism Approach in ‘Komat Kamit’ of Tejo and Kamba’s Tuhan Maha Asik
Keywords:natural environment, preserve nature, ecological sustainability, ecocriticism
This research was aimed at reflecting how Sujiwo Tejo and M. N. Kamba treat nature in Komat Kamit (murmuring), one of the chapters in their work entitled Tuhan Maha Asik. Tejo and Kamba explained clearly how humans have treated the natural environment. This research is considered important and worthwhile as it is an effort to raise human awareness about the importance of protecting and conserving nature. This also shows that a literary work can be a significant medium that also plays an important role in efforts to preserve nature or the environment. This study uses an ecocriticism approach, which is a study of the reflection of the interconnection between humans and nature in literary works. This research also uses descriptive qualitative in which the data obtained from the literary work are analyzed to determine the reciprocal relationship between humans and nature in Komat-Kamit, one of the chapters in Tejo and Kamba's Tuhan Maha Asik. The findings of this study indicate that how humans treat nature greatly affects the nature of the environment. Komat Kamit or murmuring is reflected as a habit to show human gratitude for nature to God. Such a habit also symbolizes human respect for nature. Human gratitude and respect for nature can result in ecological balance and sustainability. However, Komat Kamit, or murmuring implies that the relationship between humans and nature is not just words of praise to nature but must be realized with concrete actions to protect and preserve nature.
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