Violence in “The God of Small Things” “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy, a novel taking place in India, is a story which revolves around the death of a young girl, Sophie Mol. The author wrote this based on the problems happening in India. Sex, and violence, two contrasting ideas, though they are the main themes throughout the novel. Beautiful yet appalling, such as; the molestation of a child, tragic affair, sexual trade, and incest. In the novel, the family was going out to the theatre to watch The Sound of Music, being a child and enjoying the Musical so he sung along.
Estha was told to be quiet, but he didn’t, so Ammu sent him out of the theatre, and told him to continue singing out in the cinema foyer. Estha went out and continued to sing the songs from the movie, by himself. He woke up the Orangedrink Lemondrink man, who was behind the counter sleeping. Soon, after the Man asked Estha to come to him, so Estha approached him. They had a chat, and he offered Estha a free drink, though Estha had to do something for him in return.
It says on page 103, ““Now if you’ll kindly hold this for me,” the Orangedrink Lemondrink Man said, handing Estha his penis through his soft white muslin dhoti, “I’ll get you your drink. Orange? Lemon? ”” (103) We later find out that Velutha and Ammu has an affair. Though their affair was amazing, Velutha’s life ended with a catastrophic death. He was beaten up to death for having to confess about killing Sophie Mol, although, she drowned in the river, by accident. It wasn’t even Velutha’s fault. In the novel, we then find out the reason why Ammu has left her husband.
In this first reflection paper I will be discussing “the fall of man” and “the death of Christ. ” I chose these two because I feel as though they go well together. The fall of man represents sin being introduced to man, and the death of Christ is where the opportunity to be forgiven of sin is presented. Although I have heard these stories many times before this course has enlightened me on a more ...
Her husband was an alcoholic, “Her husband turned out to be not just a heavy drinker but a full-blown alcoholic with all an alcoholic’s deviousness and tragic charm. ”(40) Through this quote, Roy uses strong adjectives like “an alcoholic’s deviousness” and “tragic charm”. She also uses rich languange, such as a metaphor; “not just a heavy drinker but a full blown alcoholic”, which helps the reader to understand how much of an alcoholic Baba actually is. When Baba is on the edge of losing his job, his boss decided that if
Baba were to want to keep his job, he would have to let his boss sleep with his wife, Ammu. Without thinking, he agreed to his boss, and later on told Ammu about the deal. Ammu, burst into anger, took the heaviest book that she could find, and threw it at her husband. “Ammu took down the heaviest book she could find in the bookshelf” (42) Ammu could have just thrown a book, but showing how angry she was she took the “heaviest” and “threw” the book at her husband. Because of Baba’s boss, Ammu and Baba separated, though this must not have been the main reason.
Though, this drove Ammu to the edge, until it made her want to run away. Towards the end of the book, it is revealed that Rahel and Estha make love, though their incest is outrageous, Roy, portrays that the act of lovemaking is beautiful throughout the novel. She makes it more eccentric by making the Twins, Estha and Rahel, do it. They are doing so out of “hideous grief”. It’s as though in order to overcome all their disgraceful acts, they feel as if they would need to do something equally as appaling.