Macbeth Velutha Analysis

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5.1. Food as ordeals.
Thus Esthas journey of fear becomes a haunting search for relief from frothy lemon drink to sticky frothy banana bubbles. Estha is catapulted from one food ceremony ordeal to another and he becomes a "stirring wizard…….and then the witches of Macbeth. Fire burn, banana bubble " (196). In fact, Estha undergoes ordeals, a series of forbidden acts: and each one is associated with food and food making. 1 Orange lemon drink bubbles (he is abused by the lemon drink man) 2. Banana Jam bubbles ( he plots like witches of Macbeth) 3. Jam stirring and boat rowing. (death of Sophie mol and Velutha). These incidents haunt his whole life for it evokes fear, grief and pain.

5.2. Food as sensuous act or to talk about sexual matters
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After experiencing the trauma at the hands of the Orange Lemondrink Man Estha "held his other hand carefully(upwards, as though he was holding an imagined orange……still holding his sticky orange" (105) . It is also a cultural fact that many fruits like papaya, mango, banana, coconuts, and certain fishes etc have sexual undertones in Kerala .

As great Indian sage Valstyana says in Kamasutra certain foods arouse sexuality and he also stresses the importance of sharing food after making love. "Ammu's Tangerine shaped transistor" is symbolic for she carries it to the riverside during her secret meetings with Velutha. "Tangerine shaped too, was the Thing that Estha carried into The Sound of Music in his sticky Other hand" (217). Tangerine symbolizes forbidden act, like eating the forbidden apple of paradise which brought all the woe to the world as Milton proclaims in Paradise Lost.
5.3. Food as
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Food for emotions, feelings, basic body urges etc. As Rasaldo (1984) and Lutz (1856) proclaims human emotions are culturally generated and shared in their social network through cultural interactions and interpretations of the individual member's experience. Since food is part of that shared net work, use of food triggers emotions. Metaphors and metonyms that refer to food items and their taste, smell, shape, or color play an enormous role in conceptualizing emotion and emotional experience in Indian panorama.
Many terms related to emotions appear in this novel are gastronomic terms. "pickle-smelling silence" (198), brutality of the jail is conveyed through the "cockroach-crisp food" (317) served there. Kochamma's dejection in life is referred to her scrapping the "bitterness out of an elderly cucumber" (p20). Folk songs too bear witness to this fact. For example 'an over ripe-guava threatening to fall from the tree and make a mess on the ground….." is shown a basic body urges, "shit"

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