A brief summary of the narrative in “The God of Small Things.” The book discusses in depth the everyday problem of inequality and prejudice caused by the cast system in India.
One of my favourite novels is “The God of Small Things” by the talented and creative writer Arundhati Roy. Her novel is based on the everyday hatred and discrimination that the “untouchables” of India have to face, leading to one of the main characters tragic and painful death, and this did not only stop there but the women whom he loved also died because she could not have him. Was it the fault of her children that this innocent man lost his life? Or was it her aunt’s fault who was the criminal behind this tragic event. The novel reflects on what the “touchable” had to face too, and the consequences of what would happen if they came into contact with those who aren’t their kind (untouchables). The touchable men in the novel are represented in such a high status that the women who are just left out, and seen as inferior. Men are given such a high states and if they have been divorced and they are looking for a new wife this is seen as okay but if the women is divorced and she wanted to remarry this is seen as a deadly sin and no women is allowed to do this. Why? This novel has some very graphic images and the artist is good at making a point and getting her point across. Arundhati Roy was one of the lucky few who could write novels and even though people might have looked down on her she did not care because her point and message had to get through to the people.