Love in A. Roy's "The God of Small Things" Book Review by Nicky

Love in A. Roy's "The God of Small Things"
Looks at the question if love is stronger than caste as presented in Arundhati Roy's Indian novel "The God of Small Things".
# 148210 | 1,255 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Sep 28, 2011 in Ethnic Studies (Asia) , Literature (World) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper explains that Arundhati Roy's novel "The God of Small Things" is a love story occurring in India in the 1960s in the milieu of the country's caste system. Next, the author relates the plot of a love affair between a young woman Ammu of higher caste and an untouchable Velutha, who do not believe in India's social barriers that deems this union to be unthinkable. The paper concludes that their eventual death under the most tragic circumstances underscores that love is not stronger than the Indian caste system, which controls the social fabric of the country.

From the Paper:

"Divorce in itself was a huge stigma in those times and to get it at a very such age was even more painful for the victim. Ammu had to live in her mother's house, almost like a subdued servant since she couldn't even enjoy the dignity of having her own place. She was dependent on her parents for shelter. At that age, which according to the narrator was "a viable, die-able age", Ammu still had sexual urges; she still dreamed of being loved and touched and must have fantasized about having a relationship. However being a divorcee, the chances of that ever happening were slim."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things. Harper Perennial. 1998

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