Essay on The God Of Small Things By Arundhati Roy

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Since being created in the 4th century, love laws have been a core part of Indian culture, helping to maintain social structure and give parents control of their children. Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things reveals the modern disregard of the love laws in the pursuit of happiness. The love laws that “lay down who should be loved,” prevent Ammu, Rahel, and Estha from loving the people they want to (Roy 311). The different tragic histories of these three push them to break the love laws in order to find true happiness or love. In addition to this, all of the characters struggle with the notion of not being loved. For most of her life, Ammu has abided by the love laws, but her history and past relationships lead her to disregard the rules and form a relationship with Velutha, an untouchable. In the early years of Ammu’s life, she faced abusive relationships with her father and ex-husband. Believing to have wasted her best years, Ammu enters a secret relationship with Velutha in order to find legitimate happiness in her life. Ammu has recurring dreams of a man with one arm, that is described with Velutha’s characteristics, and later revealed to be him. Even in her dreams, “if [the dream man] held her, he couldn’t kiss her. If he kissed her, he couldn’t see her. If he saw her, he couldn’t feel her” (Roy 205). Because the love laws are so ingrained in Ammu, even her own imagination prevents her from being with Velutha. However, having believed that she already wasted most…

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