The God of Small Things. Class and Gender Divisions Pin-chia Feng Spring 2001 Kate Liu Fall 2002. Outline. The author , the book and its controversies The setting : Kelara and the History House Background : Syrian Christianity and Marxism Major Themes: Women ’ s position ;
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The God of Small Things
Class and Gender Divisions
Pin-chia Feng Spring 2001
Kate Liu Fall 2002
feeling of insecurity because of the broken marriage; “on the edge of the community”
-- affront Indian tradition, culture, and morality;
-- “excites sexual desires and lascivious thoughts”; hurts the Syrian Christian community (source)
1. Monsoon rains
- fill up the rivers there;
-- Kill Sophie Mol.
-- abolish landlordism
'History House of Kari Saippu'
Built by a Protestant missionary Baker
Puliyampallil House –the school Arundhati's great-grandfather found.
(pp. 4, 30)
the Untouchables: Vellya Paapen Velutha Paapen
Baby Kochamma (Navomi Ipe) (Father Mulligan)
Margaret + Chacko; Ammu (1942-73) + Baba
7. The twins’ reading habit pp. 57 –
8. At the level crossing p. 58- (Murlidharan pp. 60 - )
9. The Communist March pp. 62 –
10. Velutha 68 –
11. Baby Kochamma’s humiliation
12. Hatred of Velutha afterwards, 78-
13. Arguments among the family inside the car;
14. The train comes and goes, BK sings to be jolly. Pale moon.
1. Pappachi's moth (p.48): his need for re-inventing the category; and possessing its name; This obsession and failure becomes something that haunts the whole family.
2. Chacko's ambivalent position:
-- sympathetic with Marxism, but owning the factory and naming it "Paradise pickles and preserves'';
-- critical of colonial culture (saying that the Indians are locked out of their history), but marrying a white woman. p. 51