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Dungar College Bikaner (Raj) [email protected] Arundhati Roy in her first novel The God of Small Things shows her ingenuity in both narrative. The God of owning, Syrian Christian Ipe family of Ayemenem, a town in Kerala, India. Most Small Things is her irst and only novel, but it immediately became an . The beloved debut novel about an affluent Indian family forever changed by one fateful day in , from the author of the upcoming The Ministry of Utmost.
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They all crossed into A little less her Ammu loved her. They all tampered with the laws that lay down who should —Ammu be loved and how. And how much. The laws that make grandmothers grandmothers, uncles uncles, mothers mothers, cousins cousins, jam jam, and jelly jelly.
But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. The Big Things lurk unsaid inside. That a few dozen hours can —Narrator affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house — the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture — must be resurrected from the ruins and examined.
Accounted for. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story. She was aware of his libertine relationships with the women in the factory, but —Narrator had ceased to be hurt by them. When Baby Kochamma brought up the subject, Mammachi became tense and tight-lipped. This air of unpredictability? An unmixable mix.
The ininite —Narrator, Mammachi tenderness of motherhood and the reckless rage of a suicide bomber. The man standing in the shade of the rubber trees with coins of sunshine None of this would have happened!
I would have been dancing on his body, holding her daughter in his arms, glanced up and caught free! I should have dumped you in an orphanage the day you were born! Centuries telescoped into one evanescent moment. History was the millstones round my neck!
Half of him wept. Tears welled up in his real eye In her growing years, Ammu had watched her father weave his hideous web. With his other eye he stared stonily ahead. An He was charming and urbane with visitors, and stopped just short of fawning old Paravan, who had seen the Walking Backwards days, torn between Loyalty on them if they happened to be white. He donated money to orphanages and and Love. He worked hard on his public proile as a sophisticated, Then the Terror took hold of him and shook the words out of him.
He told generous, moral man. But alone with his wife and children he turned into a Mammachi what he had seen. The story of the little boat that crossed the river monstrous, suspicious bully, with a streak of vicious cunning.
They were night after night, and who was in it. The story of a man and woman, standing beaten, humiliated and then made to suffer the envy of friends and relations together in the moonlight.
Skin to skin. Pelvis obvious proximity to the toiling masses gave him a power over Chacko that in stirred a pot of scarlet jam and thought Two Thoughts. Where a red, tender- those revolutionary times no amount of Oxford education could match. Things can change in a day. Near the Velutha shrugged and took the towel away to wash.
And rinse. And beat. And illimba tree! As though it was his ridiculous, disobedient brain. He tried to hate her. Just another one of them. There was no storm-music. No shark supervised the tragedy. She had deep dimples when she smiled. Her eyes were always somewhere else.
Just a quiet handing-over ceremony. A boat spilling its cargo. A river accepting Madness slunk in through a chink in History. It took only a moment. One small life. A brief sunbeam.
The God of Small Things: A Novel
With a silver thimble clenched for —Velutha luck in its little ist. Who could he have been? The God of Loss? The abyss where anger should have been.
The sober, steady The God of Small Things? The God of Goosebumps and Sudden Smiles? Or shutting a tap. Cracking an egg to make an omelette.
As the door was slowly battered down, to control the trembling of her hands, Sent to square the books and collect the dues from those who broke its laws. Impelled by feelings that were primal yet paradoxically wholly impersonal.
Not inding words with which to tell her —Narrator that for them there was no Each, no Other. As children. Each color corresponds to one of the As teenagers. As adults. Had they been deceived into doing what they did? Had they been tricked into condemnation? In a way, yes. And how quick they had been in the choosing! Save our mother. In , when the twins are reunited at Rahel Ipe is returning to her age thirty-one.
Swollen eyes opened. Then lives. Not his mouth, but some other unhurt part of him… seen in twenty-three years. As The Inspector asked his question. After their long separation, however, The relationship between Estha and the twins are now distinct individuals Rahel is one of the most important of the CHAPTER 20 and strangers from each other. The book, as they think of themselves as a This was the stuff their dreams were made of. On the day that Estha was narrator describes their birth.
The single entity, but then have different Returned. Proper punishments. They asked only for punishments that itted driving to the hospital when their car The Ipe family is relatively well off — they their crimes. Not ones that came like cupboards with built-in bedrooms. Not broke down, so they had to take a bus. Estha and Rahel were almost born in —Narrator the bus, and later they wished they had been, as they got the idea that it would mean free bus passes for life.
The story then jumps to when Roy creates tension by basically There was very little that anyone could say to clarify what happened next. Estha, and Rahel are made to stand discourse involves telling the story partly Only that once again they broke the Love Laws.
That lay down who should be apart from the rest of the mourners. And how. Rahel imagines that Sophie Mol is still these characters and others, like Ammu —Narrator alive in her cofin, showing Rahel the are only named in the way the twins refer ceiling of the church. Rahel imagines a to them. The Big Things ever lurked inside. They knew that Mol cartwheel in her cofin while there was nowhere for them to go. They had nothing.
No future. So they stuck everyone is distracted. Ammu leaves and starts to cry, and Estha helps her onto a bus and hugs her. Though father the twins parents are death.
The twins, who considered monk named Father Mulligan. Father Baby Kochamma has a tragic backstory divorced in Calcutta. Roy capitalizes and community and famous for once means of seeming like a good person to words describing his painful emphasizes certain phrases that linger in having been blessed by the Patriarch society and Father Mulligan.
Since ever came of it. She is seen as worthless. Baby Kochamma separation from Estha. She lived with entity from Sophie Mol herself, which joined a convent, but soon realized sticks with the status quo and allows her uncle Chacko and grandmother introduces the theme of preservation. Rahel kept her curiosity sent her to school to study grudges and jealousy. Meanwhile Rahel drifted from school and active imagination, but both twins Ornamental Gardening. Basically and spent all her time gardening.
She and Kochu Maria, the is of an upper class of landowners, and architecture college in Delhi, where and also grew up in Kerala with a brother house cook, watch American TV Baby Kochamma is the type to cling to she stayed for eight years without of similar age. Later the narrator will shows all day and enter all the old class divisions and fear any kind of ever graduating. There she met Larry characterize the adult Estha as contests they see.
Baby Kochamma social change. Eventually he grew weary of the other. The personal trauma of the Ipe her refrigerator locked. Baby Kochamma questions Rahel The pickle factory is an important things happening in India and always suspiciously, but Rahel ignores her.
Even Mammachi makes to Ayemenem, so she returned as well. Mammachi used to run it and banana jam, however — suggesting that make a variety of preserved products, none of the Ipes could stick to the status Baby Kochamma, who is now eighty- Baby Kochamma will be an antagonist to including banana jam, which was quo, and this ultimately led to tragedy.
Kochamma acted self-righteously appears as a negative character because pious even though much of the of her self-righteousness, laziness, and trouble was her fault. Ammu jealousy. Certain small expert said that it would be okay to things — like the smell of old roses — send Estha away.
So Estha took the signify big things and lingering memories. The and a writing style that takes a childlike keep his job which he was losing over Ammu. Despite the continued and spread to the children, as worthless and disgraceful. The Ipes are an upper- other days she was a caring, mature about the events to come. The narrator will see The Sound of Music for the pickle factory.
Kochamma, from the airport. She sees the for a man named Joe. Despite her should feel ashamed. The pickle abusive power of the patriarchy. Yet despite his brutal wearing a watch with the time painted retiring, and Pappachi was bitter and actions, Mammachi never complained, on it.
Chacko, a former Rhodes jealous. He would beat her nightly and she still tries to uphold the scholar, quotes from The Great Gatsby with a brass lower vase, until one day traditional society that condoned such as they drive. Pappachi took out his rage she remembers her past, mostly her we will learn and her husband was as by destroying a rocking chair, and he fatal mistake of marrying the wrong well, but Ammu can still only choose never spoke to Mammachi again.
The moth is another small thing asked to marry her. The rebellious, rebels against the injustice she grew up a new species. Pappachi traditions as the male-dominated Indian her husband was an alcoholic and a considered this the greatest failure of social system are.
Pappachi, as Imperial compulsive liar. Mammachi still cried when Pappachi died, and Ammu told the twins it was because Mammachi had gotten used to her husband and his violence. He British culture is everywhere, like the fact driving a nice car, so he is quiet and class divisions between landlord and describes history as an old house, and that the family speaks English and is afraid.
Baby Kochamma is terriied laborer. Thousands of people paranoia. The twins would later violence in India. Pappachi would argue every day actually belonging to the laboring class. He Namboodiripad — that had recently elected Communist government of all of then almost immediately crashing is also one of the few members of the been elected in Kerala.
The India. Chacko quit his job teaching at a on the family name and class. Ten years of political chaos followed, college and moved back to and then the Communists were Ayemenem, hoping to become a reelected. Communism had entered Kerala declined.
The Naxalites had since broken off at the top of that order want to preserve train. While they wait the twins read Reading words backwards becomes a and begun arming militias in small it all the more.
They recited the book break and that Untouchable workers landowners and laborers, but also the to Miss Mitten with all the words not have to be addressed by their deeply entrenched caste system of India.
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In the Untouchables and Touchables should be Most of the waiting cars shut off their Murlidharan is a kind of extreme example Plymouth, Rahel sees Velutha a seen as equals. This kind of change was engines as the delay lengthens. Estha watches Murlidharan, an because of their traumatic pasts. The window, leans out of it, and yells for insane man who sits on the milestone Communist Party is very successful in him.
Velutha disappears and Ammu at the crossing, counting his keys and Kerala during this time period, and and Baby Kochamma pull Rahel back reliving old memories, while Rahel threatens to upset the social order the into the car, furious. Sound of Music. Suddenly the beggars The narrator describes Velutha, who Velutha is a Dalit, an Untouchable, disappear and a huge march of is an Untouchable, a Paravan. He has a which is a caste seen from birth as Marxists sweeps through the line of leaf-shaped birthmark on his back.
Though the idea of caste comes his father, Vellya Paapen, but they from Hinduism, it became a deeply were not allowed to enter the Ipe ingrained social system to the point that house or touch anything the even Syrian Christians like the Ipes hold Touchables touched. In older times the same extreme prejudices.
Velutha built the Ipe dining is conident in his own rights and The narrative returns to , where The dirty, dilapidated house is a tragic room table, the sliding back door, and abilities. Meanwhile his brother, laborers of Ayemenem feel the same Small Man the Tallow-stick. Estha enters the house silently, and The adult Estha obsessively cleaning paralyzed.
The other personal upheaval, works at the pickle habits every day. Rahel follows him to next chapter. She watches Estha strangers at this point. Velutha Back in the family reaches the Estha and Rahel constantly seem to be offered to kill his own son. Estha is a more cooked for them and made them toys.
Rahel enjoys the intimacy this activity serious child, who dresses nicely and creates. Meanwhile Estha goes alone insists on using the urinal like an adult. Chacko has gone to Marxist lag and making her wave it. Baby see about the hotel. When he leaves and the march ends Kochamma allows her personal grudges Chacko asks Rahel if she really saw to eclipse her moral judgment. The could mean trouble for the factory. In the movie the nuns are children are more innocent and free in The narrator says that Baby Velutha.
As they keep waiting the twins think Estha quoting Caesar is an ironic about Ammu telling them the story of foreshadowing of how he will later Estha sits down and sings in the lobby, This is the irst major traumatic Julius Caesar. Ammu used the famous powerless in her situation.
Roy still betrayal to explain that no one could Estha into accepting a free drink and portrays the horrible scene from a be trusted, and that even Estha could coming behind the counter. Estha recites the different being abusive and violating. Estha feels unclean and traumatized. Much of the novel is about a series of In the other room Estha wakes up and This is another concrete example of the He watches the clean, white children causes and effects, and the twins were vomits in the sink.
Then he goes and mysterious connection the twins share. In his mind he love. Estha now feels impure and less opens the door for him. Chacko everything but name. Pillai also seems associates Sophie Mol with these deserving of love, which will affect his ignores them and wonders if Velutha less than idealistic, as he feels no qualms white children who seem more actions later in the novel.
Estha cleans was really in the Communist march about doing business with wealthy- deserving of love than he. Estha gets himself thoroughly, as he will continue to earlier. Comrade K. Pillai, the Chacko, talking Marxism with comrade- nauseated and Ammu takes him into do obsessively as an adult.
He retches and washes been hoping to create a new labor landlord-Chacko all at the same time. Chacko then Ammu takes him to get a lemon himself talked to his workers about drink to cheer him up. Marxism, but Pillai would also invite them into his printing press and The Orangedrink Lemondrink Man is Even though Estha has said nothing to encourage them to rebel against polite and friendly to Ammu, but he Rahel, they share an innate sense and Chacko, all the while printing labels also mentions that he knows exactly Rahel knows to be afraid of the for Paradise Pickles as well.
Estha Orangedrink Man. Ammu makes the rest of the Estha feeling unsafe at home will also he is an Untouchable. Mammachi sticks to the want Estha to risk a fever before Mammachi always acted as the class divides, which are unfair but Sophie Mol comes. They walk through traditional landlord and denied them. Chacko lies in bed and worker. Rahel asks Ammu to punish a small punishment.
Chacko says anything is possible. Rahel walks around Ayemenem and The divide between the upper class Chacko picks up Sophie Mol until she Chacko immediately gives Sophie Mol Comrade Pillai greets her, asking Rahel and the lower class Lenin was asks him to put her down, and then the affection the twins want, but Sophie about her husband and America.
She apparent even in the kinds of things they they go to get her luggage. Estha Mol scorns it. Time does indeed coaxes Rahel out from the curtain and children also comes from her desire to and then Pillai boasts about his son seem preserved in Ayemenem, as the Ammu berates the twins about prove that a woman can raise children Lenin, who works in a foreign same characters haunt the same places disobeying her in public.
Baby without a man. Sophie says that she she and Estha share is more than love, her. Thus Rahel is supposed to died. Ammu are playing dress-up with their identities. Everyone gets into the Plymouth and The huge changes that are coming with dresses Rahel in a special dress, and Later this will be a kind of coping starts the trip back to Ayemenem.
Rahel English sensibilities. Ayemenem temple elephant who Sophie. The Orangedrink Lemondrink Man. The way the narrator describes disintegrated into dust. This muses how Ammu never inished her it. The story decline is swift and tragic. On this last visit Ammu had just been Ammu joins the Ipe tradition of trying to The Plymouth pulls into Ayemenem The Ipes are indeed all Anglophiles, as ired from her receptionist job for preserve a moment in time forever as she and everyone stops working to gather they fawn over and practically worship being sick too often, and Rahel had tries to keep Rahel a child.
Ammu has around the car. The children get out of Sophie Mol for her whiteness. Chacko introduces Sophie and rattle in her throat and kept coughing health. Margaret to Mammachi, and again up phlegm.
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Mammachi and Chacko, and Mammachi suggested that Ammu not Velutha approaches the outskirts of Despite his low caste, Velutha is beloved visit anymore. Ammu left the table in the crowd and Rahel slips away to by the children for his willingness to silence and Rahel refused to go after play with him.
Velutha tosses her up share in their fantasies and his kindness her. She suddenly hopes she hopes that he shares her anger at the that.
Ammu died alone in a lodge at tragic when we learn more details of her that Velutha was actually in the march, unjust society that oppresses both of age thirty-one. She had been life and downfall. This is the second time that he also has a hidden anger under them. Again small things, like the but Rahel slipped away. Rahel did not that perhaps she has things to offer little toys Velutha makes, bring an tell Estha about Ammu, as it would him now, just as he had built her little intimacy to something huge like breaking have been too strange — like writing a toys when they were children.
Then a caste taboo. Velutha at the factory, but later the twins will use basically blind, and she plays her violin perfectly preserving her foods. Ammu also professional pickles. Kochamma insensitively asks if that is Mammachi then thinks of Margaret Mammachi transfers all her feelings, how men and women kiss here too.
Kochamma, whom she has never met even romantic ones, from Pappachi to Ammu responds sarcastically, saying but despises anyway. Kochu Maria is pride and superiority. Even though she is very short and bad-tempered. Despite of a lower class like the laborers and her lowly job, she is proud of being a Untouchables, she still hates and scorns Syrian Christian and a Touchable, and them instead of empathizing with them. Estha wants to violin. Baby Kochamma is not being row across the river, so that he could Man shows up, and this leads to the Gnap.
Man if he came. Rahel enters the both love and violence. Whereas a progressive and metaphysical mind will welcome them. The God of Small Things has been widely acclaimed for its bold experiments with language, for its play with words. Her punctuation is stunningly original as if we are going through experimental poetry.
Sometimes words are printed on capital letters, some words begin with capital letters in the middle of the sentence. Roy uses unglossed words like 'keto' meaning 'do you hear' , 'Valarey' meaning 'quite' in the sentence, '"Thanks, ketol' he said, 'Valarey thanks! Poda Patti" p. Though such corrupted vernacular hybrids as 'Porketmunny,' a patois term used by the Orangedrink Lemondrink Man p.
Eee sadhanangal! The latter varieties of hybridized constructs are subversive of the hegemony of the metropolitan variety of English, but they also initiate a distancing process which is difficult to bridge. Meanings of Malayalam sentences are given in brackets, for example: Avaney kadalamma kondu poyi. So Mother Ocean rose and took him away.
As a post-colonial writer and a member of a small group of English-speaking and writing Indians, catering to an international community of English-speaking and writing people, she clearly adopts linguistic and syntactical variance which has an innovative stance, but which is not so avant-garde as to incite incomprehension.
Roy's linguistic mode is thus one of compromise, a careful balancing act on the edge between a traditional ethics of language and a wholly different register. It would not be amiss to refer to John E. Sloughed off like an old snakeskin. As plain to feel as the heat on a hot day, or the fug of a fish on a taut line" p. Now take an example of a simile that shows her keen sense of humour. Pillai's son who is dressed in yellow shirt and black shorts is compared to a taxi: Normally her sentences are pithy, crisp and simple and the text is fraught with a wide- ranging images.
She has made good use of songs, jokes, slapstick, horse play, eros in a narrative pattern that is a complex 'jigsaw puzzle' of variegated time— present, past and future and place segments. The narrative behaves like a child. As Kunnammal Srinivasan says: It is a fascinating experience to focus on the text's play with space and time. Roy's fiction jumps, runs and plays like a child—now running a few spaces with speed as if time is all important, then stops hour-long to inspect an unimportant object putting on innocence and all the time tricking people and escaping the control of authority Srinivasan, She employs a third person omniscient narrator to give voice to the twins' perception of the social, political and religious life of Kerala as it is shown through the eyes of the twins.
There is a rare quality of the novel. It can be read from the beginning, the end or from the middle and the narrative can be understood and enjoyed. The end is not the end and the beginning is not the beginning.
It is a circular narrative. Her linguistic deviation is overdone even when we accept the writer's right to poetic license, which may be described as "the poet's right to ignore the rules and conventions generally observed by the users of that language. He loved her She loved him, they loved the-children, the children loved them. They all loved each other" p. Pelvis walk: Past floating yellow limes in brine Past green mangoes, cut and stuffed Past glass casks Past shelves of pectin Past trays of bitter gourd Past mounds of fresh green peppercorn Past a heap of banana peels Past the label cupboard Past the glue Past the brush Squashed Miss Mitten shaped stains in the Universe.
Squashed frog shaped stains in the Universe. Squashed crows that had tried to eat the squashed frog shaped stains in the Universe. Squashed dog that ate the squashed crow shaped stains in the Universe. However, when used repeatedly it begins to jar and even indicate a poverty of linguistic resources.
In Roy's use of repetition as a linguistic stylistic device, I believe, the reader occasionally feels a certain annoyance e. Past Rachel concentrating through her knees. Past baby Kochamma. Past the Audience The lemondrinks were waiting. The melty chocolates were waiting. The electric blue foam leather car-sofas were waiting. The coming soon! Posters were waiting" p. Words like Orange drink, Lemon drink Man or this way and that as a single word are used more lavishly than is justified by the weightiness of the content.
In this consistent use of repetition — both lexical and grammatical — we begin to wonder whether it is a reflection of the inadequacy of her language. Does Roy fail to express in one go all that she wants to say and hence chooses as the final outlet "a repeated hammering at the confining walls of language"? The novel is amply sprinkled with single word sentences and paragraphs: Down" p. Sad" p. Stones Sky. Rain" p. This stylistic device is eye-catching as well as novel having the aesthetic purpose served by the novelist.
A writer may find it necessary to, invent a new word — neologism — to express an idea or a sentiment. Though neologism is not a violation of the lexical rule, a writer obviously cannot be allowed total license in the creation of new words.
One may argue that the lexical content of a language is necessarily enlarged by neologism because with repeated reading and later use, that particular word may become a part of that language.
In Roy's case, the neologisms are purely Nonce-formation or words for the 'nonce' a single occasion. Interpolation of foreign languages has been used by English writers from the days of Shakespeare in order to add a new dimension to their poetry. Roy has used a sprinkling of Malayalam words but for very mundane objects or when the English equivalents would suffice just as well e. Ickilee tickle p. The only purpose that is probably served by this kind of interpolation is to provide a local flavour, set it in a particular state or may be even add an aura of mystification.
The recitation of 'Lochinvar' and Mark Antony's speech with a Malayalee accent strikes one as being a juvenile attempt at humour. Linguistic device as a tool for social discourse is best illustrated by the reverse order in which Estha and Rahel read aloud the mottos inscribed on a board on the wall of the Kottayam police station: Velutha's death in police custody is an eye-opener to the malpractices and rank injustice lurking behind the facade of high ideals set by the custodians of the law in Roy's home state.
A common favourite practice of Roy is to use short, crisp sentences in simple parataxis, which heightens the tonality of a given situation. The following extract describes the sexual union of Ammu and Velutha in the concluding chapter of the novel: I could lose everything.
My job. My family. My livelihood. She held him till it calmed down. She unbuttoned her shirt. They stood there skin to skin. Her brownness against his blackness. Her softness against his hardness.