Study Guide

The God of Small Things Characters

By Arundhati Roy

Rahel

Though Rahel and Estha are both the protagonists of this novel, we get to know Rahel more...

Esthappen

Estha, short for Esthappen Yako, is the other half of our dynamic twin duo. He was born eighteen...

Ammu

We know Ammu best as Estha and Rahel's mother, but it's important to look at her early life when...

Baby Kochamma

We don't know about you, but if we had to pick the character we dislike the most in the novel, it...

Sophie Mol

Sophie Mol is a pivotal character in the novel, but we don't really get to know her very well....

Velutha

Velutha is Vellya Paapen's younger son. He's also Estha and Rahel's best friend, even though he's...

Chacko

Chacko is Ammu's brother, Mammachi's son, Rahel and Estha's uncle, and Sophie Mol's dad. He's one...

Mammachi

Mammachi is Chacko and Ammu's mother and Estha and Rahel's grandmother. She's nearly blind and...

Pappachi (Shri Benaan John Ipe)

Pappachi is Estha and Rahel's grandfather, Ammu's father. He was once an Imperial Entomologist,...

Margaret Kochamma

Margaret Kochamma is Chacko's British ex-wife and Sophie Mol's mother. She and Chacko met in the...

Joe

Joe is Margaret Kochamma's second husband. He's also the man that Sophie Mol regards as her true...

Baba

Baba is Ammu's ex-husband and Estha and Rahel's dad. He's an alcoholic who tells a lot of lies...

Kochu Maria

Kochu Maria is Mammachi and Baby Kochamma's housekeeper. She is short and ugly. She doesn't speak...

Comrade K.N.M. Pillai

Comrade K.N.M. Pillai is the leader of the Communist Party in Ayemenem. He runs the local...

Vellya Paapen

Vellya Paapen is Velutha's father. He's a Paravan, which means he belongs to the Untouchable...

Kuttapen

Kuttapen is Velutha's older brother and Vellya Paapen's other son. He was paralyzed after falling...

Inspector Thomas Mathew

He's the policeman who leads the investigation into Sophie Mol's death and Estha and Rahel's...

The Orangedrink Lemondrink Man

The Orangedrink Lemondrink Man is a skeezy guy who runs the refreshment counter at Abhilash...

"Urumban"

Urumban is not a real person. He is the fake "twin" that Velutha makes up when Rahel claims she...

Lenin

Lenin is Comrade K.N.M. Pillai's son. We know him mostly as the other kid in the waiting room...

Latha

Latha is Comrade K.N.M. Pillai's daughter. We meet her when Chacko goes to visit Comrade Pillai....

Mr. Kurien Maathen

We only meet him for a second – he's the guy who takes Estha back to Baba's house when he...

Father Mulligan

Father Mulligan is the priest Baby Kochamma falls for. Of course, he never returns her affection....

Reverend E. John Ipe/ Punnyan Kunju

He's Baby Kochamma and Pappachi's father. He was a well-regarded priest in the Mar Thoma Church....

Aleyooty Ammachi

She's the mother of Pappachi and Baby Kochamma. Her portrait hangs in the Ayemenem House.

Larry McCaslin

Larry is Rahel's husband. They meet in Delhi when she's in college studying architecture. Rahel...

Dr. Verghese Verghese

Dr. Verghese Verghese is the local doctor in Ayemenem. Rahel has to go see him when she gets a...

Miss Mitten

Miss Mitten is a missionary from Australia and a friend of Baby Kochamma. Rahel and Estha hate...