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The Hungry Tide: Introduction
The Hungry Tide: Plot Summary
The Hungry Tide: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Hungry Tide: Themes
The Hungry Tide: Quotes
The Hungry Tide: Characters
The Hungry Tide: Terms
The Hungry Tide: Symbols
The Hungry Tide: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Amitav Ghosh
Historical Context of The Hungry Tide
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- Full Title: The Hungry Tide
- When Written: 2002-2004
- Where Written: New York
- When Published: 2004
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Environmental fiction; postcolonial Indian literature
- Setting: The Sundarbans, 1950 to the early 2000s
- Climax: The cyclone hits Garjontola and Lusibari, killing Fokir in the process.
- Antagonist: The Forest Department and Dilip Choudhury ; more broadly, poverty, sexism, the government, and the natural world
- Point of View: Third person and first person
Extra Credit for The Hungry Tide
Tiny Man-Eaters. Though the Bengal tigers of the Sundarbans are considered to be the same species as the Bengal tigers that populate the rest of India, they tend to be much smaller—while Bengal tigers can weigh upwards of 700 pounds, tigers from the Sundarbans have weighed in at a petite 160-330 pounds. Scientists speculate that their small size has to do with the smaller prey available in the Sundarbans, and might also suggest that they've adapted to the specifics of their mangrove forest habitat.
Symbiotic Relationship. Irrawaddy river dolphins have been known to cooperate with fishermen, driving fish into nets in exchange for some of the fishermen's catch. In some cases, individual dolphins or pods of dolphins work closely with particular fishermen or fishing villages again and again. Legal reports from the late 1800s state that dolphins often jumped ship and helped rival fishermen, leading the dolphin's "regular" fishermen to take their rivals to court in hopes of recovering a share of the fish that "their" dolphin helped to catch.