Critical Analysis Of The God Of Small Things By Arundhati Roy

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“The God of small Things” is a novel by Arundhati Roy, an Indian writer who tries to bring several vital aspects of Indian society like; politics of India, class and caste tensions, love and sex, social discrimination and patriarchal society in India, into her novel. Though she throws light on such a number of important aspects through the novel, this novel is widely known for the feminist perspective which comes in it. In the article “Are Women’s Novels Feminist Novels?” Rosalind Coward mentions that, usually a text about political and social discrimination against women is known as a feminist text. As Roy’s “The God of Small Things” was written by focusing on the social injustice which is experienced by Indian women, unquestionably it can be accepted as a feminist novel. Since a number of major events that comes in the novel took place in 1969, when the Indian society was governed by the patriarchy, Roy reveals the women’s…show more content…
She never enjoys the privileges that Chacko enjoys because of her being a woman and during this period women were marginalized merely for the reason of their being women. In the book, “The Second Sex” Simone de Beauvior mentions that, “women has always been man’s dependent, if not his slave: the two sexes have never shared the world in equality” (Beauvior, 20) and this is the same problem which Roy addresses through her novel, “The God of Small Things” by emphasizing on the injustice that is experienced by Ammu.
“Pappachi insisted that a college education was an unnecessary expense for a girl, so Ammu had no choice but to leave Delhi and move with them.” (Roy, 38)
Ammu fails to have a higher education though she is an intelligent woman, because her father decides that it is a pointless expense for a girl. But unlike Ammu, her brother Chacko gets higher education and this shows the gender discrimination that was in India during that
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