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Roy introduces the characters Rahel and Estha as twins, rather than as supporting this idea of the twins' relationship being uncommon. studies (2,); Law (3,); Management Studies (2,); Marketing (2,) The present moment of the novel occurs as Rahel returns to Ayemenem at Chacko, who received his education in England, educates the twins Estha and Rahel The relationship between Velutha and Ammu represents the conflicts in the. relationship with his mother, with his wife Margaret, his sister Ammu and the Reverend E. John Ipe, the great grandfather of Estha and Rahel, who had been a priest of Ammu's knowledge of veshyas as she had seen them in the market.
But her overt critique of globalization, which she believes to be a kind of neo-colonialism, effectively sidelines the representation of a strife, class-ridden Kerala, something that could have otherwise drawn charges of misrepresentation and cultural fetishism.
According to the Hindu sacred texts of the Rig Veda there are four main castes, each of which performs a function in sustaining social life. Untouchables, those who do not belong to any of these four castes, are generally associated with professions such as, butchers, launderers, and latrine cleaners.
They are also called by Mahatma Gandhi's name for them, 'Harijan', meaning 'the children of God'. More recently these groups began to refer to themselves as Dalits, a Hindi word which means oppressed or downtrodden. In many parts of India, land is still held by the upper castes which use the ideology of the caste system to exploit the low-ranking landless labourers. The caste system is alive and well in India today, despite its being illegal. Brahmis priests, teachers and preachersKshatriyas kings, governors, warriors and soldiersVaishyas cattle herders, agriculturists, businessmen, artisans and merchantsShudras labourers and service providers.
END 12 Further, she disrupts possible allegations of inautbenticity because of writing in English by: Events unfold from the day when the twins' cousin, Sophie Mol, daughter of Chacko by his marriage to the English woman, Margaret, arrives with her mother for a Christmas visit.
Sophie Mol's drowning, the culmination of an escapade planned by all three children, and the revelation by Velutha 's father of his son's illicit love affair, are the pivotal crises for the later tragic developments: In The God of Small Things, the idea of hybridity engenders the primal fear that unleashes violence against Velutha, the Untouchable lover of the twins' mother. Estha and Rahel inhabit a world in which traditional boundaries have been blurred.
The relationships that are formed outside the community and the caste-system are a threat to existing social borders. Ammu, the twins' mother, escapes from a patriarchal life in Ayemenem to spend the summer in Calcutta, where she marries a Hindu against her parents' consent. She thus illustrates the migrations and relations at play. Thus the twins emerged as the hybrid children of an intercommunity marriage.
When they moved to Kerala with their divorced mother, they were looked upon as outsiders.
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Baby Kochamma, their great-aunt, did not like them: The twins symbolise on-going change inside a society that is growing more and more heterogeneous, as opposed to the chronic inbreeding that plagues the Syrian Christian community Ammu was born in. As Chacko, Sophie Mol's father and the twins' uncle, puts it, 'they were all Anglophiles' p. They all look up to England and Englishness. Even after Margaret Kochamma, Chacko's English wife, has divorced him, he cannot bring himself to forget her: As though he admired her for having divorced him' p.
Their English cousin's arrival dispossesses them of the place where they live, forcing them into a position of self-effacement.
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But what to do with a novel where no one comes near you. But for this book, we as readers will exercise our right to go back on our loyalty sometimes and offer one or two terse comments on our side as well.Estha and Rahel, 3d visual
This, to me, seems to be a suitable way of criticizing this book simply because I cannot commit myself completely to one side here. The activities, actions, reactions, problems and their solutions used and found by our side become too much for my sensibilities. This is where I say that Arundhati goes beyond limits. It is true that they are a butchered lot. They suffer humiliation, abuse, unjust accusation, separation and what not. But to suggest sex between the siblings as a kind of urgent and only solution seems absurd and perverse to me.
Arundhali is against love laws. Love Laws lay down who should be loved. His hand is held and kissed Then she sat and put her arms around him. Drew him down beside her There is very little that anyone could say to clarify what happened next. Nothing that… would separate sex from love. Or needs from feelings… Only that there was a snuffing in the hollows at the base of a lovely throat. Only that a hard honey-coloured shoulder had a semicircle of teeth marks on it.
Only that they held each other close, long after it was over. Only that once again they broke the Love Laws. That lay down who should be loved.
At more than one point in the novel, she criticizes inbreeding among Syrian Christians. She says that inbreeding in a community increases genetic disease as well as cases of insanity. He was always ahead of his times in portraying sex on screen. And he did it in style - fetish vulgarity. The same is true here. Arundhati has words, wonderful words. She has tremendous style.
In the novel also breaking of love laws proceeds step by step. Certainly it startles and shocks the reader. But then he might be lacking in panache. Amitabh Bachchan presented Kaun Banega Crorepati where the prize money could go up to a maximum of one crore. The show was an all-time record- breaking success. The TRP ratings soared up and up. Anupam Kher and Govinda also presented their respective shows, where the prize money could go up to ten crores or so and yet the shows were flops.
That is how the market works, be it a tale serial, film, modish novel or any commercial product. The book is the single biggest hit of Indian fiction.
I do not think that it will make a mark hundred years hence. But for the most powerful now, it has succeeded in raising a storm, turning our Arundhati into an international star.
She knows how to use her celebrity status. Gandhi never got a Noble, and Premchand never a Booker.
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But for the sake of this present thrill that the book has provided, let us talk about it. And there are some, if not many, literary reasons also for its success. I will try my best to keep my cynicism away that the book does generate in me.
Estha shows signs of withdrawal right from the beginning. As a boy he is sensitive. He is inclined to keep the hurts to himself. He keeps a record of all insults and injustice that he receives.
As though his body had the power to snatch its senses inwards knotted, egg-shapedaway from the surface of his skin, into some deeper more inaccessible recess.
Needless to add that he is not responsible for the death. He is sexually abused by Lemon drink man at Abhilash Talkies. More than that the man instills fear in Estha lest he might not disclose the crime to anyone. As though this was not enough, he is separated from his mother and sister and sent to a drunkard father and a step mother at Kolkata.
Things could not have been worse for this unfortunate boy. Silence is his reaction, his revenge against this brutal world.
It is as though the agony has over flown the danger level mark and there is nothing left to say. Verbal communication loses its meaning. Rahel cannot reach out to Estha except communicating through the body, the senses. That is how things have been portrayed in this novel. There is no let out, no vent, no room for Estha. The doors are shut.
You were only children. You had no control. You are the victims, not the perpetrators. Only, there is Estha who is quiet, who walks miles and miles, even in rain, getting drenched and who is obsessed with washing clothes. It is not clothes he is washing; he is trying to wash and clean his childhood. Childhood should be free, innocent and protected. But unfortunately there happened murky, ghastly things in his childhood, over which, he had no control.
His responsive, communicative side is destroyed when he is separated from Ammu and Rahel, the two people in the world he loves and wants to live with. And b Its best to be prepared. He does not want to go. The pages bear the pain of parting of a small son from his mother.
And you and Rahel will be in it. Estha said with his enduring pragmatism A little house, Rahel said. The school never happens. Rahel goes to boarding schools, one after another. Estha loses his voice. He is silenced like death itself. His life goes waste. He is rightly compared to the wronged mythological hero, Karna. Did you ever hold me in your arms? Did you feed me?