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Of the many great novels that have graced the (), Arundhati Roys renowned God of Small Things is
a resounding and haunting tale that is sure to endure long after the final page. Though 2016 marks
the twentieth year following its publication, the electrifying narrative that we feared and adored in
equal measure still remains relevant today. This behemoth of a read is a tale of passage and of
growth; of family and what defines one mortality, class, innocence and blame all have their place
within these pages. As such, it is at its heart the story of all kinds of love and their consequences.
Once again they broke the Love Laws.
That lay down who should be loved.
And how. And how much.
Arundhati Roy, God of Small Things
Roy, in so many speeches and interviews, has never failed to demonstrate her unwavering
renouncement of elitism and sexism. More than ever now, it has become evident that we as a society
have let her and her fellow activists down: how is it that some twenty years following this books first
publication, the same issues of class distinction and misogyny in God of Small Things still hold true
today? It seems a blatant criticism of society that a fictional depiction of 1960s rural India could
have societal flaws so similar to the ones we witness of this day.

Caste/class still prevalent in society, in what ways etc thats

An intellectual re-evaluation of the role played by caste in Indian society.


Breaking of the love-laws: inter-caste marriage and the consequences
Philosophically speaking, subordinated castes have to take pride in their identity and have to assert
that pride to fight caste oppression. But then there comes a tipping point at which that radical
positioning is used against itself, in order to promote a kind of isolation, and it suits the privileged to
keep that going. Lasting effect of Imperialism. Baby Kochammas controversial character.
Anglophilia. Britain controlled the government and didn't allow the native people to have a say or be
a part of politics or run for positions of power. Racism. The British believe that because the people of
India were of a different culture that they were automatically below them no matter who they were
and that they couldn't even be compared to the British. Failure to triumph over Westerners.
Oppression of women/misogyny. Nothings