The God of Small Things
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.
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.
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