Essay on The God Of Small Things By Keralite Arundhati Roy

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The novel The God Of Small Things, written by Keralite Arundhati Roy, follows two twins living in Kerala, India. The twin protagonists, Estha and Rahel Ipe, face many tribulations such as love, abuse, death, and complex family relationships, most of which are caused by the social stratification in India. Based on the words of Roy, it is imperative to understand that these norms in Kerala created social boundaries surrounding the romantic and agapic love the Malayali people could share. This was demonstrated in the treatment of paravans (also known as “untouchables”) in the 1900s, perspective on the family’s marriages, and the forbidden romance between the protagonists’ mom, Ammu, and Velutha.
The harsh, dehumanizing treatment of the untouchables (those in the lowest caste) was indicative of the strict social norms that the Malayalis were held to. Hindus believe that the caste a person is born into is a reflection of their behaviour in their past life (“The Caste System”). Being born a paravan means that in the life before, the person was too impure to live, hence the phrase “untouchables”. For several years, paravans have been subjected to horrendous treatment, being “relegated to the lowest jobs, and live in constant fear of being publicly humiliated, paraded naked, beaten, and raped with impunity... Merely walking through an upper-caste neighborhood is a life-threatening offense” (Hillary Mayell, “India 's ‘Untouchables’ Face Violence, Discrimination”). Living in India as…

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