Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2018)
The conflict of race in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things
Author(s): PB Teggihalli
Abstract: The Race is defined as a family, tribe, people or, nation belonging to the same stock or a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics. In the history it has become the major international issue in the post-colonial world, particularly in relation to cultural study. The cultural history of the world proves that there has been a remarkable discrimination of the human race based on the skin, color, caste, haves and have-nots, as being the global novel. The God of Small Things faithfully represents this sensitive issues prevailing in post-colonial India through its characters. The God of Small Things is a postcolonial novel which reveals the impact of colonization on India and some states of India that emerges in the global scenario, proceeding to aftermath of colonization. The novel mainly focuses on the socio-political life as well as the Christian attitudes and snobbishness and their impact on conventional and innocent Indians or common citizens, particularly the marginalized classes which have been suppressed throughout the history. The Colonial attitudes remained in the undercurrent of so called upper classes and upper castes in India, though the colonizers left it for a long period ago, the trauma of that British race and their colonial attitudes play a remarkable role in shaping the Indian social hierarchy. Of which Arundhati Roy represents here in the novel.