The God Of Small Things By Arundhati Roy Essay

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In an Indian Society, can love and family transcend the caste system, that which separates people into separate classes? The caste system has been in India for thousands of years. It has been legally outlawed but still has pull in society to this day. In Roy’s book the theme is that society is an ugly thing. Love and family are unable to triumph over the class boundaries. Ammu and Velutha, like many others who have tried to love across classes end up paying a heavy price. In The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy she develops the story and leads us to the theme through three literary elements. Roy uses the way she develops her characters, the setting the authors point of view to get us a clear image of the theme
Real characters have a way of moving you through tragedy, beauty, arrogance and feelings. In Roy’s story we are introduced to an important character name Esta. Esta is a pivotal character throughout the novel. He is a very complex character. He has feeling that we get to see when he is molested by the Soda salesman at the theater. We see the feeling Esta is having take a meta-physical trait when, “Esta convulsed, but nothing came. Just thoughts. And they floated out and back in” (103). When Esta does this you can tell that he is truly disgusted with himself. That is to the point that he almost throws up, but still says nothing to Ammu who is standing with him. At this point we also get a tiny shot of the theme. Esta after having a horrible thing happen to him…

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