Social, Historical and Psychological Realism in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things


  • Dr. Ram Janam Assistant Professor, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India



Forbidden Love, Betrayal, Untouchability, Misogyny.


The God of Small Things depicts realistic picture of the current issues of the typical Indian society. Arundhati Roy has tried her best to cover almost all the details of social and historical setting so that the readers may be able to acquaint with the pattern of living, daily routine, rites, customs, rituals and habits. The book explores how the small things affect people's behaviour and their lives. During that time in India, class was a major issue and still is in many parts of India. Inferiority complex is clearly visible in the interactions between Untouchables and Touchables in Ayemenem. The novel also shows that The Untouchables were considered polluted beings. Betrayal is also a constant theme in this story. Love, ideals, and confidence are all forsaken, consciously and unconsciously, innocently and maliciously, and these deceptions affect all of the characters deeply.


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How to Cite

Janam, D. R. (2020). Social, Historical and Psychological Realism in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 8(5), 70–78.