International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2017)

Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things and the question of caste in narratives by non-dalit writers


Arun Singh Awana

Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things is a novel which can be interpreted at multiple levels; ranging from a satire on politics, dealing with the question of casteism, patriarchy, a family saga of four generations of a Syrian Christian family or a love story with a tragic end. The novel brings to the foreground the hierarchical structures of power, and oppression at various levels in patriarchal societies. Arundhati Roy explores how the differences of caste, class, gender and race function through social institutions and the manner in which they affect human interactions and relationships and impinge on individual desires. The novel succeeded in stirring the consciousness of its readers when it first appeared, where Roy treading the similar terrain as Mulk Raj Anand in his novel Untouchable (1935), displayed fresh perspectives on an age old tradition and the novel also went on to bag the prestigious Booker prize for literature.
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