Kochamma Family In Arundhati Roy's The God Of Small Things

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The Post-colonial experiences has made the relationships of families much more difficult due to the fragmentation throughout the country. Children and adults lost their homeland and the struggles they had in their homeland. The development of the colonizer’s land, made them to become confused with where their loyalties should lie. In Arundhati Roy’s “The God of Small Things”, the Kochamma family is a family of tragic situations and tragic people. It is their own cultural traditions that lead to the tragedy. However, the theme within the novel is of the people oppressed by the colonisation of India especially by England, and how a society is consumed with prejudices based on class or caste and colour that begin to turn on itself, and devalues their own people, culture and heritage. The Kochamma family lived, worked and played together. They didn’t had much communication with each other and nor do they comfort each other or attempt to understand one another which made their family to go through the greatest downfall. Colonisation plays a role in how people begin to perceive each other and India as a whole; as well as it lays the foundation for the sense of worthlessness each member of the family feels at different times. Although the English have left India when this story took place but their presence can still be felt. “Englishness” and “whiteness” is held in high regard, and is something to emulate and work towards. The Indians, who always had a class system and a

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