Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things: Brief Synopsis

South Asian Literature is considered as rising genre in the field of literature. It covers the Areas of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Srilanka. Though Pakistani Fiction is making its way into the world separately too.

So the main purpose of writing this article is to focus on the some hidden aspect of Indian novelist Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. I have recently covered this novel in my course of South Asian Literature in English. One of my friend said that this novel is difficult to understand so I thought to share my knowledge with you folks.

Roy’s The God of Small Things is a story of large, straggling Syrian family living in the small vill

The God of Small Things
The God of Small Things

age named Ayemenem in Kerala. Family includes, Benana John Ipe (officer in Entomology Department) his wife who makes pickle, Ammu (Ipe’s daughter) ,     Chacko (Ipe’s son), Sophie Mol (Chacko’s daughter), Baby Kochama (Ipe’s Sister),   Estha (Ammu’s son) Rahel (ammu’s daughter) and Yes Velutha ( lower cast; Paravan). Velutha is considered as God of Small Things.[You’ll find its summary easily available on internet.]

Now let’s see what are we suppose to discussion under the hood of the novel’s text.

  • Trauma and Temporal Hybridity
  • Transgression of boundaries
  • Loss of Innocence
  • Intertextuality
  • Literary theories inculcated in it

The God of Small Things is one of my favorite novels. I liked it and I believe I can relate it to the context,” she says. “When I read the script, I had no second thoughts. The writer Bee Gul did a beautiful job with Roy’s words.” Says Sanam.

The article of E-Tribune states: Inspired by Roy, writer Bee Gul converted the book to a TV show, keeping the plot similar. Under the direction of Khalid Ahmed, actors Hassan Niazi, Shamim Hilali, Sanam Saeed, Hina Khuwaja Bayat, and Mehak Khan make up the promising cast. The thought-provoking lyrics to the soundtrack done by Mehwish Hayat and Waqar Ali are captivating, with late Sahir Ludhianvi’s words: “Kitni bekar umeedon ka sahara le kar, main ne aiwan sajaye thay kisi ki khatir”.

Well if talks about Intertextuality we see the significant presence of The Heart of Darkness by  Jospeh Conard in it.

The sexual abuse and the attitude of elders made children lose their innocence. That is why they commit the act of incest, that in one way lead to the Transgression of boundaries. To be very honest from the beginning till the point of falling action I never thought of the incest even in my wildest dreams.

They (Estha and Rahel) names broke the normal tradition as we know that mostly male are named as Rahel and vice verse of it. There reading of their own language and text back word shows that these kids are stuck in past and cannot come out of it that is why they are breaking norms and reading the text backwards.

Well going further you will find the different literary theories in the novel.  New Historicism in the Arundhati’s work is quite obvious one. It is said that her this work is somehow is representation of her own life. How true it is that only Arundhati knows.

There is a lot to explore in this novel, I just gave a brief account for the beginners.

For more details you can hit the following sites.

1- A story of bitterness: Meet the women of ‘Talkhiyan’

2- Summary of Novel

3- Song’s link


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s