The God of Small Things

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The God of Small Things

Narrative Structure

3rd person point of view- But multiple perspectives do happen.

Roy does this by introducing us to the world of children through things such as backwards reading, capitalised words and compound and divided words.

·         Capitalised words- Normally capitalised because the children give them importance- “Locust stand I”.

·         Compound/divided words – “stoppited”, “Bar nowl”

Children’s view of the world is expressed through their logical approach to learning a second language. – We get an insight into a child’s world through their eyes and perspective.


Non-Linear Structure

Shifts in time even happen within some chapters (important to mention in exam).

·         Disorientating for reader- We have to work out when things happen, by taking information from the chapter such as how old the children are.

·         Fragmentation- We receive the story in pieces. The structure of the novel reflects the fragmented lives of the characters within it. E.g. Mammachi and Pappachi’s relationship and Velutha’s life.

·         Foreshadowing- Things that relate to later in the novel. Preparing the reader for what is going to happen. E.g. there are hints to Velutha’s death before it happens.


Sub- Plot

Caste System/Love laws


·         Communism and political struggle

Colonialism- Effects of British rule.

·         English as official language: road signs.

·         Baby Kochamma and Pappachi are anglophiles



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