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The God of Small Things is stunning and complex, making it easy for readers to assume that its author is a seasoned writer, well versed and experienced, who expertly employs, at will, a number of literary styles, tropes, and rhetorical devices.
Yet Roy has offered many disclaimers in the interviews she has given to the media which fail to account for her unique writing style: But these semblances may be the result of a vibrant and influential Indian culture, imparting upon these authors a preternatural ability to use symbolism, metaphor and a variety of other literary tropes.
What is amazing is that Roy is able to combine these seemingly disparate uses of language into a cogent and alluring narrative. Friedman discusses the notion that in The God of Small Things, rather than history containing space, different spaces in the novel contain history.
Essentially, the reader is told most of the story and the major components of the plot in the first chapters, but the details are elusive and incongruous, inviting a close reading and perhaps even requiring a rereading.
The spaces Roy creates are essential to the story as they not only frame action but, indeed, create much of it. In her article Friedman suggests mapping these spaces as sites of repeated border crossings provides an alternative way of reading the novel.
Friedman goes on to explain how buildings function as tropes in the novel, and are more than just settings or backgrounds for human action Some of these places figure into the novel more prominently and dramatically than others—the Meenachal River serves as both border and place, and is the one space that drives the story more than any other.
Friedman elaborates on this example by explaining its spatial significance. On the other side of the river stands the History House, an equally important space which Friedman elaborates on in the next article. Before she makes the comparisons between the two houses and further explains their importance with regard to spatial poetics, Friedman examines the predominant critical thought and stresses the need for more critics to consider place as just an important factor as time in narrative theory.
In The God of Small Things it isn’t just the family and community who are both affected, and implicated, by the events of the novel, but everyone. Roy delves so deeply into her country’s systemic problems – the touchables and untouchables – that the whole book becomes a gigantic treatise on injustice without ever seeming preachy or. From God to Marx: (Meta)Physicalities in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things often haunted by its history but need not be entirely retrogressive. Jonathan White locates in the postcolonial text ‘the potential to both cope with the ‘terrors’ of the colonial aftermath and engender an improved ethico-political future.’9 Hence postcoloniality is a continuum which encapsulates many histories. Arundhati Roy's The god of small things: a critical appraisal, by Amar Nath Prasad. Published by Sarup & Sons, ISBN X. Derozio To Dattani: Essays in Criticism, by Sanjukta Das. Published by Worldview Publications, ISBN ; The God of Small Things: A Novel of Social Commitment, by Amitabh Roy. Published by Atlantic Publishers & Distributors, Author: Arundhati Roy.
Friedman expands on her concept of spatial poetics in another essay devoted solely to this topic. Friedman also paraphrases an argument Edward Soja made that calls for a compensatory emphasis on spatiality to counteract the emphasis on temporal modes of thought.
Although theory has begun to afford space more importance, Friedman stresses that narrative theory still largely privileges narrative time over narrative space. The History House has had a long and malignant history.
But Roy uses another trope which is much more discernable, and one to which many readers can relate. Roy uses a number of rhetorical devices and literary tropes in the novel, but one of the most striking is her use of color.
The use of color-coding in The God of Small Things is a carefully and creatively constructed rhetorical device which adds to the intense visual and sensory appeal of the story. Although Roy ingeniously uses color to evoke an emotional response in The God of Small Things, the prominence of color and its psychological effect is not a new phenomenon.
These two ideas are at odds: Our personal experiences color the objects around us. However, Sadaf presents evidence that red, blue, yellow and green drive the narrative, and she makes interesting and compelling connections among these colors.
On page 64 the reader learns of the changing political situation in Kerala.But these too are Small Things. Even before Sophie Mol's funeral, the police found Velutha by the river.
A river with a rushing, rolling, fishswimming sense. A river swollen, engorged with meaningless imagery. Yes, it had all begun with Sophie Mol in the days before the Love Laws were rewritten.
In the novel “The God of Small Things”, Arundhati Roy shows the minute details that fill her characters' lives and furnish the dwellings that cannot protect them. Not only does Roy address the importance of small things, but she also does this through giving the title of “The God of Small Things” to Velutha.
To see clearly on both fronts, to realize the forces that we have working simultaneously racing toward two very different futures.
Those on the beauty team clearly are working for and envisioning the best future for all participants. The God of Small Things received stellar reviews in major American newspapers such as The New York Times (a "dazzling first novel," "extraordinary", "at once so morally strenuous and so imaginatively supple") and the Los Angeles Times ("a novel of poignancy and considerable sweep"), and in Canadian publications such as the Toronto Star ("a lush, magical novel").Notable works: The God of Small Things.
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