Summary of The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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The God of Small Things is an award-winning novel by Arundhati Roy, published in 1997. It won the Booker Prize for that year and has been translated into 30 languages. The book details the childhood of twins Rahel and Estha who are born during a period of political unrest in Kerala, India.

Roy's writing style uses very few words to convey many emotions at once through imagery, symbolism and word choice.

The God of Small Things is the story of Esthappen and Rahel (short for Eshu-papakkam, which means “the twin children of a broken marriage”).

The God of Small Things is the story of Esthappen and Rahel (short for Eshu-papakkam, which means “the twin children of a broken marriage”). They are brought up by their mother Ammu and live in Ayemenem House. The book follows the lives of these two children, as well as their relatives and friends.

The God of Small Things is about two young people, Rahel and Esthappen, who come from a broken marriage. Their parents divorced when they were very young. Their mother Ammu has a secret relationship with their father’s untouchable assistant Velutha while Baby Kochamma, the family’s great-aunt (by adoption), is secretly in love with the children’s father.

The book begins with a description of Ayemenem House, the family house of the Ipes, where Estha and Rahel spend most of their lives.

The house is located in Kerala, India and it has a large garden and a kitchen. Ayemenem House is surrounded by a large compound and it has strong walls around it. The house has many rooms inside it for each member of the family to stay in when they visit or live there for long periods of time.

The family lives in a small town called Ayemenem and the house is owned by Ammu's family. The house has many rooms inside it for each member of the family to stay in when they visit or live there for long periods of time. Outside of these living areas, there are large yards with lots of green grass growing on them and trees that provide shade from the sun.

When Paravans from the sea arrive in Ayemenem, Kochamma, Mammachi’s sister by adoption, hires one of them to help her pack her belongings for her trip to New York.

Kochamma is Mammachi's sister by adoption. It is she who hires Velutha, a Paravan from the sea, to help her pack her belongings for her trip to New York. Eager to earn some money, he agrees and starts working as an errand boy in Kochamma's house. While working there, he meets Sophie Mol—Estha and Rahel's half English cousin by marriage—who has come over to Ayemenem following the death of her mother (Ammu).

Velutha helps Paravans escape from the police and hides them within his compound within the Ipes' plantation. Baby Kochamma accuses Ammu of having an affair with Velutha after she catches them alone together one day at Mammachi’s house. Chacko then tells Ammu that Sophie Mol will be staying at their house until she goes back home after college holidays before boarding school begins again."

"Ammu and Velutha are caught alone together by Baby Kochamma, who accuses Ammu of having an affair with Velutha after she catches them alone together one day at Mammachi’s house. Chacko then tells Ammu that Sophie Mol will be staying at their house until she goes back home after college holidays before boarding school begins again."

Chacko tells Ammu that Sophie Mol will be staying at their house while he takes Mammachi on a vacation.

The story has several elements that the reader must understand to follow along. First, there are several characters in this story:

Sophie Mol is a little girl who spends time with Ammu and Rahel at their home in Ayemenem.

Chacko is Ammu’s husband. He works for three years as an engineer in London before returning to Kerala to take over his father's business, which imports rubber from Malaysia and manufactures it into blocks for hospitals and other medical institutions.

Mammachi is Ammu's mother; she lives with her son Chacko and his family after her husband dies suddenly of a heart attack when he is only thirty-seven years old. She owns half of everything including the rubber estate but does not seem to care about any of these things because she gets lost in her own thoughts most days; she finds comfort only when thinking about her late husband whom she loved dearly despite his shortcomings as a husband (see note A). She also worries constantly about Thrippunithura--the town where they live--because everyone knows its reputation as being full of thieves and pickpockets who prey on tourists who visit nearby Fort Cochin during festivals like Onam (see notes B).

Chacko tells Ammu that Sophie Mol, his daughter from a relationship he had with a woman in England, will be staying at their house while he takes Mammachi on a vacation. Sophie is only five years old when she comes over but seems older than her years; she has been raised as an English child without any Indian influences. Velutha, an untouchable who works at the factory and helps Paravans hide from the police, is considered to be the best car

penter in the area. He lives with his family on the factory grounds and is not allowed to use any of the same facilities as higher-class people even though they all work for Mr. Ipe. When he was young, Mammachi hired him as a servant but soon realized that she could not stand having him around because he was too friendly and comfortable with her. She fired him and had him thrown out of town, but later came back because no one else would work at

Velutha helps Paravans escape from the police by hiding them in his compound within the Ipes’ plantation.

When Velutha helps Paravans escape from the police by hiding them in his compound within the Ipes’ plantation, he shows that he is a friend of their caste. This makes it hard for Chacko to believe when Ammu tells him what she saw in Mammachi’s vegetable garden—that Velutha and Ammu had been together.

Velutha was not only helping the Ipes family with packing up Mammachi's belongings before she left for New York, but also doing other jobs around the house such as carrying firewood or helping out with repairs on their cars. When Baby Kochamma sees them together, she tells Chacko who says that he will take care of it. He goes upstairs to confront his mother about what Baby Kochamma told him but doesn't get an answer because she is too busy packing all her stuff so that they don't forget anything before leaving India (Chacker 10).

The next day when Mr Ipe comes home from work there is no one there except Baby Kochamma who explains how this happened:"We heard someone crying and rushed out into our garden where we found two paravan women trying desperately to carry away some children hidden under their clothes." She explains how this was done by Velutha: "He came back just now after making sure everything had gone according to plan" (Akademi).

The paravans that had come from the sea are laborers who work as field hands or other low-paying jobs. They have little education and no real hope for advancement in life, especially since they cannot read or write well enough to get better positions at work. There is a group of them called "untouchables" (Kochamma).

One night, while walking home from dinner at Kochamma’s house, Ammu and Velutha are stopped by Baby Kochamma and go back to her house.

Baby Kochamma is Ammu's sister by marriage and lives with Mammachi in the ancestral home of Thekkummuri House. She is a bitter woman who has many enemies in Ayemenem because of the way she treats others—especially her own family members—and because she has a lot of influence over Mammachi.

She hates Ammu's relationship with Velutha because it was his idea for Ammu to work on the rubber estate when Chacko asked him to find someone who would replace Margaret after her miscarriage. Baby Kochamma also hates that Velutha helped him write letters for his friend Kalyani's son Sugunan after he ran away from home. When this comes out, Mammachi is angry with Baby Kochamma over how much she influenced Chacko into firing his brother-in-law (Velutha).

Baby Kochamma also has a lot of influence over Chacko, and this makes him jealous. Chacko is Ammu's brother and the manager of the Ipes' rubber plantation. He is a very vain man who makes himself out to be something he isn't—a hero who was injured during World War II while serving in the British Army. He treats his sister like a child and resents her relationship with Velutha because they both have more influence over Mammachi than

In a letter dated May 16th 1969, Chacko tells Margaret Kochamma that she was right about his relationship with Margaret.

"I know everything now. I have always known everything," he says, "but every time you opened your mouth to say something about it or wrote one of your letters full of accusations and advice, my heart would race like a rabbit's and I would feel myself shrinking."

This is a simple letter, yet it has many layers of meaning. It reveals that Chacko knows his wife was right about Margaret's affair with him but he doesn't want to talk about it because he feels shame and guilt. He also knows that if they continue this relationship then it will end any hope of reconciliation between them.

After receiving this letter from Chacko, Margaret Kochamma is devastated. She doesn't know what to do because she feels trapped in a situation where she can either be unhappy or divorce her husband.

The letter is also a reminder that Chacko knows how much his wife loves him despite their differences. He tells her: "You are my only real friend and I'm sad that we can never talk about anything important because you're always so angry at me." His reference to friendship in this context makes Margaret Kochamma feel worse since she has been angry with him for some time now.

Narrated in first person plural by Estha and Rahel as adults, their story recounts the events that led to their estrangement and departure from Ayemenem House.

The story is narrated in first person plural by Estha and Rahel as adults, their story recounts the events that led to their estrangement and departure from Ayemenem House.

The book begins with a description of Ayemenem House, the family house of the Ipes. The story takes place in Ayemenem, Kerala (southern India) in 1969 Some of the events depicted in the story occurred in the late 1950s and early 1960s The novel is written in a non-linear fashion, jumping back and forth in time The story revolves around the lives of Estha, Rahel and their mother Ammu who are members of

the Ipe family Ammu is married to a man she doesn't love and moves in with her parents after her divorce

The story is told in first person plural The narrative is told by Estha and Rahel as adults The story recounts the events that led to their estrangement and departure from Ayemenem House

The book begins with a description of Ayemenem House, the family house of the Ipes The story takes place in Ayemenem, Kerala (southern India) in 1969 Some of the events depicted in the story occurred in the late 1950s and early 1960s The novel is written in a non-linear fashion, jumping back and forth in time The story revolves around the lives of Estha, Rahel and their mother Ammu who are members of the Ipe family Ammu is

married to a man she doesn't love and moves in with her parents after her divorce The story is told in first person plural The narrative is told by Estha and Rahel as adults The story recounts the events that led to their estrangement and departure from Ayemenem House The book begins with a description of Ayemenem House, the family house of the Ipes The story takes place in Ayemenem, Kerala (southern India) in 1969 Some of the events depicted in

Conclusion

The God of Small Things is an extraordinary novel about love, loss and violence. The story begins with a description of Ayemenem House, the family house of the Ipes, where Estha and Rahel spend most of their lives. When Paravans from the sea arrive in Ayemenem, Kochamma hires one of them to help her pack her belongings for her trip to New York. Chacko tells Ammu that Sophie Mol will be staying at their house while he takes Mammachi on a vacation. Velutha helps Paravans escape from the police by hiding them in his compound within the Ipes’ plantation. One night while walking home from dinner at Kochamma's house, Ammu and Velutha are stopped by Baby Kochamma and go back to her house."

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