The God of Small Things is a book that is beautifully written, but unfortunately wraps itself in continuing bleak situations. Roy writes about a dysfunctional family who breaks cultural rules, and pushes at the boundaries of convention and of history. With this breaking down of all these structures and orders comes a pervasive atmosphere of sadness throughout the book. The story was hopeless, and I wonder whether the feeling of dissolution was due to a story that is fated.
Is the book more about the way we look at turning points in our lives or about the concept of karma? I think a lot of people in the class liked this book because it touches on painful experiences that are becoming more common to us all; family breakdowns, living with the consequences of our past actions. Even the issue of dealing with the consequences of sexual abuse is painfully relevant for many people. These painful experiences glue us to the book, compelling us to read on and see how the characters in the book deal with the situation. However, does The God of Small Things make judgements about decisions that are made? Are judgements shown in the consequences of actions? Or does it say that life’s and this is what happens? Whichever, The God of Small Things gets us involved emotionally, and doesn’t let go until the very end. In class we discussed about the Love Laws, how people in the book were only allowed to marry certain people and that in mind, how Velutha’s and Ammu’s love was strictly forbidden. What are the Love Laws? Are they some kind of human instinct? Are they an inherent part of the caste system: if you love the wrong person or in the wrong place, you break the love laws and will suffer the consequences.
Ideas have consequences. This is a statement that can be proven, whatever time period you look at. As far back in time as history books go, great people and nations have had seemingly great ideas, which when implemented, resulted in mass disaster. Take for example the ancient Aztec Indians. They believed that the sun was actually a living being, and that for it to sustain its light and heat source ...
This scenario reminds me of Romeo and Juliet. This was just one of the many unfortunate scenarios that Roy presents us in the book. Another interesting scenario is Pappachi’s moth and how Pappachi discovered a new kind of moth and yet doesn’t have it named after him. It, in some ways, can represent the bitterness of failure that can be a family legacy.
Look at Chaco and what he does with his life, is he successful? He plunged the pickle store into debt and his marriage life is a mess and his daughter dies as well. I don’t know if all these bad occurrences could happen to one family, and I really haven’t touched the surface. There is the Estha and the Lemonade Man incident where Estha really is sexually assaulted by him and is ashamed of it. There is Velutha getting falsely accused of rape because Baby Koch amma tricks the twins by saying Ammu and them would go to prison for murdering Sophie Mol if they didn’t tell the police that.
Either way, this book is very appealing because I think we can all relate to it some way, while at the same time be glad that we are not them.