Review of "The God of Small Things" Book Review by Peter Pen

Review of "The God of Small Things"
This paper explores gender roles and the "big" and "small" things in Arundhati Roy's novel "The God of Small Things."
# 93109 | 1,146 words | 1 source | MLA | 2007
Published on Mar 09, 2007 in Ethnic Studies (Asia) , Literature (World) , Women Studies (Culture)

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This paper reviews the book "The God of Small Things" from a perspective of gender roles. The book's author, Arundhati Roy, focuses her story not on the major events that shape a society, but rather on the small daily events that shape a home. In this paper, the concept of "big things" is evaluated in terms of the adult world and male world, while the "small things" are the realm of children and women. The paper analyzes the characters in the novel in relation to this idea.

From the Paper:

"Arundhati Roy's book The God of Small Things has many instances where gender and the idea of "Big" and "Small Things" occur. In a society where there is caste system, political affliations, and marriage, she focuses on the "small things" which in turn can be taken with the gender roles of the novel. There are many characters such as Estha and Rahel that have strong personalities which play a distinctive role in the novel. Furthermore, the women characters in the novel seem to be transgressive of what seems to be acceptable. Roy forms her characters in a way where gender roles can be seen and political views can be taken."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Tickell, Alex. "The God of Small Things: Arundhati Roy's Postcolonial Cosmopolitanism." Journal of Commonwealth Literature

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