Questions and Answers for "The God of Small Things" by Arundhati Roy

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1.Question: Who—or what—is the God of Small Things? What other names and what divine and earthly attributes are associated with this god? What—or who—are the Small Things over which this god has dominion, and why do they merit their own god? Does Roy's God of Small Things share attributes with any members of the Hindu pantheon?

Answer:Roy leads the readers to the small things in the big Indian society which is concerned with the caste system, political associations and social laws. Velutha is presented as the God of Small Things in the novel. In the novel, he is also presented with the names like an Untouchable, Paravan, The God of Loss and The God of Goose Bumps and Sudden Smiles.
Velutha is the upholder of the world of sacred,
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The History House shows a different world in the novel from the world of Baby Kochamma’s house. In the novel there is real History House but it also can be seen as a metaphorical house as well. The river between Baby Kochamma’s house and the History House shows the two different worlds on different sides. The History House shows Western society which was once a house of an Englishman. In this house social and love law are broken by twins, their Ammu and Velutha which are not possible in limited Baby Kochamma’s house because of caring of big things like society.

4. Question: How does the river that flows through Ayemenem in 1969 differ from the river in 1992? What is its importance in the lives and histories of the two families and in the twins' childhood?
Answer: The river that flows through Ayemenem in 1969 was natural and pure which used to combine two hearts, especially Velutha and Ammu’s hearts, but in 1992 this river changed to polluted river with lots of chemicals and other dirty stuff which can pollute the river. The river of 1969 plays important role in joining people but it also plays role to break the society’s laws. Also, it can be seen as a tragic river.
The river shows two different social classes and societies. One is about the untouchables and higher classes and the other one is about Indian society and

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