the god of small things theme of inequality

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  • inequality
    • velutha
      • political inequality
        • page 277 + 278 +  279 + 281 + 282
      • social inequality
        • page 73 + 74
        • page 303
        • page 77 - mammachi saying how she gave velutha a job better then an untouchable should have had and that he should have been grateful.
        • pages 308, 309, 310
      • economic inequality
        • page 73 + 74
    • chacko
      • gender discrimination
        • wife and child 'like a pair of tennis trophies'  page 173
        • as his daughter is white, his mom sees her as page 174
        • his mom also allows his relationship with low caste women be seen as a 'mans needs'
          • page 168
      • social inequality
        • essentially an insult to velutha but more him trying to let velutha keep his job. page 279
    • baby kochamma
      • gender discrimination
        • page 45 and 179
      • social inequality
        • so fixated on impressing the British, gets angry at the twins when they don't behave accordingly
          • page 144, 149
        • lied to get velutha killed page 315 316, 317 ,318
    • ammu
      • gender discrimination
        • pages 38 + 39 denied education
        • given no credit for work at factory         page 57
      • social inequality
        • spoken down to due to being divorced  page 45
        • women against women page 258
        • page 5, looked down upon
        • the extent of her actions led to her being denied burial at the church and only having 2 people there
          • page 162
  • the caste system was abolished in 1950 - book takes place in 1969
  • semi-auto- biographical fiction because its setting is so obviously reminiscent of Arundhati Roy's childhood home
  • roy said about kerala 'its the only place in the world where religions coincide... I couldn't think of a better location for a book about human beings'
  • her depiction of the Syrian Christian community to which the Ipe family belongs is also highly critical of their assumed social superiority
  • The fragmented structure of The God of Small Things is one of its most striking and challenging features. In the novel, narrative time does not correspond with chronological time. In other words, the way in which the story unfolds does not follow a conventional route from beginning to middle to end.
  •  Roy employs alternating narrative threads, flashbacks, and flash forwards to tell her story out of sequence in a non-linear fashion.
  • form - alternative narratives, flashbacks, flash forwards/ foreshadow
  • This shapes a singular narrative voice that is a hybrid combination of the two children’s psychologies.
  • Roy also offers an inter- generational narrative voice of different viewpoints that is transhistorical
  • the novel’s intertextuality. Roy’s novel names and engages classic literature throughout as well as a variety of high and popular cultural intertexts.


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