Essay on Analysis Of Arundhati Roy 's The God Of Small Things

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Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things revolves the event known as “The Terror” in the lives of the Ipe Family. Due to the fact that the story is told through a series of nonlinear flashbacks, the audience learns of the effects of the Terror long before the narrative reveals its causes. As the story progresses, the reader is able to piece together not only the events which directly lead to the deaths of Sophie Mol and Velutha, but also the historical and societal systems at play which informed the environment in which these tragedies took place. While the Terror was undeniably traumatic for every character involved, trauma is something that builds and experience is what builds it. Estha’s earlier traumatic experience with the the Orangedrink Lemondrink Man laid the foundation for a series of traumatic events which later irreversibly changed the lives of the Ipe Family and Estha’s (and his twin sister Rahel’s to an extent) personality and worldview. And through this, the novel demonstrates how the large things - history and its aftermath - are what determine the small things - the personal and private.
As a child, Estha had no power of his own or full control over his own life and was therefore subject to the will of the people and society around him. As stated in Judith Herman’s Trauma and Recovery, “Psychological trauma is an affliction of the powerless” and due to Estha and Rahel’s young age, they were the most vulnerable to the psychological harm that was a result of…

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