The God of Small Things

Term Paper

Work- The god of small things
by Arundhati roy

Submitted to-
Prof. Geeta B.
Submitted by-
Pranay Dubey - 2012A4PS302P (Character Discussion)
Varun Jain- 2012ABPS568P (Theme and stylistic approach)
BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus
Date- 12/11/2013
Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Theme and Stylistic Approach
  3. Character discussion
  4. List of References

The God of Small Things (1997) is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati Roy. It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the "Love Laws" that lay down "who should be loved, and how. And how much." The book is a description of how the small things in life affect people's behavior and their lives. The book won the Booker Prize in 1997.The God of Small Things is Roy's first book and, as of 2013, is her only novel. Completed in 1996, the book took four years to write. (Taken from wikipedia)


1.Forbidden Love
The story reminds the reader how a divine feeling like love is controlled using social stigmas leading to destruction of real feelings a person has. The love between two different castes and two humans that are blood related is forbidden and the society condemns it irrespective of the fact that it is true love.

2.Social Discrimination
Both gender and caste discrimination imposed by the society have been taken up in this novel. The oppression of women to do   as they will and the rights snatched from people because of their place of birth causes a rift in the society. It also highlights how women are oppressed by some people who in the shape of   public benefactors misuse people for their vested interests.

The element of betrayal has been highlighted throughout the story in numerous instances. The betrayal starts with pappachi betraying Mamaachi’s trust, ammu betraying her social rules by sleeping with Velutha, Baby Kachamma betraying the bond of humanity by falsely accusing...