Narrative Structures In The God Of Small Things By Arundhati Roy

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The God of Small Things Study Guide Narrative Structures Arundhati Roy published her novel called “The God of Small Things” in 1997. The novel was awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction later that year. The story mainly takes place in Ayemenem, Kerala India during December 1969 and June 1993. However there are many exceptions as the Arundhati Roy includes multiple flashbacks and flashforwards. Many of which take place in various other settings during other times. The story focuses on a particular Indian family and the relationships between the members of this family throughout the years. The main themes that are present in this novel are family and relationships, society and class, politics, memory and the past, and change versus preservation. This study guide will target Arundhati’s use of narrative structures within the novel and will analyse why these particular structures were used and the affect they have on the understanding of the novel. Definitions/Key Terms + Effects Narrative Structure Order in which the story is told Flashbacks An interruption of an old memory to the current event To provide background knowledge + context to current events Gives readers more insight to the characters + situation Increase emotional impact Flashforwards Alternating Narrative Reader gets a more in-depth look at the story creating a better understanding Creates a more holistic view of the story Foreshadowing Foreshadowing helps to create suspense Prepare reader for
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