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Analysis

Literary Devices in The God of Small Things

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

OK, just to clear things up, there are two different versions of the History House in the novel, one metaphorical and one literal.The first is the imaginary house that Chacko uses as a metaphor for...

Setting

With several brief exceptions, The God of Small Things for the most part takes place in a town called Ayemenem, in Kerala, India. One of the trademarks of the novel is the way it jumps back and for...

Narrator Point of View

The narrator of The God of Small Things is not a character in the story, but rather tells the story from a distance. He or she moves the narrative forward by delving into each character's perspecti...

Genre

The God of Small Things revolves around Estha and Rahel's family. We learn about their roots through a series of brief flashbacks, all the way back down the line to the lives of their great-grandpa...

Tone

The God of Small Things finds our protagonists Estha and Rahel at two very different times of their lives: their childhood, in 1969, and their adulthood, in 1993. As a result, the tone of the novel...

Writing Style

There are a couple of things we need to cover when we talk about style in The God of Small Things. One important aspect of the novel's style is the way it takes into account each character's person...

What's Up With the Title?

There are a couple ideas to mull over when we think about the novel's title. On one hand, we can focus on the first half of the title and think of the particular person to whom it might refer ̵...

What's Up With the Epigraph?

Never again will a single story be toldas though it's the only one.– John BergerIf someone were to ask you what happens in The God of Small Things, you might stutter and go, "Uh...it's really...

What's Up With the Ending?

One of the most distinctive characteristics of The God of Small Things is the way it jumbles time. We're actually farther ahead in the future on the first page of the book, which plunks us down in...

Tough-o-Meter

We're not going to lie – there's a lot going on in this book, and very little of it is directly to the point. There's a lot of unfamiliar material to process. For example, we didn't really kn...

Plot Analysis

Note: Here we present the events of the novel in chronological order – not the order in which we read them.The family drives to Cochin to see The Sound of Music and to pick up Sophie Mol and...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Tragedy

Note: Here we present the events of the novel in chronological order – not the order in which we read them.The whole family is in the car on their way to see The Sound of Music and to meet So...

Three Act Plot Analysis

Note: Here we present the events of the novel in chronological order – not the order in which we read them.The family goes to Cochin to pick up Margaret Kochamma and Sophie Mol from the airpo...

Trivia

Roy's mother's marriage defied the social rules of her day: like Ammu, she came back to her parents divorced with two children. Art reflects life! (source)Roy met her husband, filmmaker Pradip Kris...

Steaminess Rating

We're pretty sure there are other elements of The God of Small Things that could qualify it for an R rating (extreme violence, for example), but sex comes up a lot. It's not always in our faces; it...

Allusions

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (2.15)Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (2.92, 5.17)Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book (2.152)William Shakespeare, The Tempest (2.151)Charles Dickens, A Tale of T...
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