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Unformatted text preview: In Arundhati Roy's novel, The God of Small Things , the laws of India's caste system are broken by the characters of Ammu and Velutha, an Untouchable or Paravan. Velutha works at the Paradise Pickles and Preserves Factory owned by Ammu's family. Yet, because he is an Untouchable, the other workers resent him and he is paid less money for his work. Velutha's presence is unsettling to many who believe he acts above his station. His own father notes this problem: "Perhaps it was just a lack of hesitation. An unwarranted assurance. In the way he walked. The way he held his head. The quiet way he offered suggestions without being asked. Or the quiet way in which he diesregarded suggestions without appearing to rebel" (73). Hindus believe that being an Untouchable is punishment for having been bad in a former life. By being good and obedient, an Untouchable can obtain a higher rebirth. Velutha's lack of complacency causes him many problems throughout the novel. "It was not entirely his fault that he lived in a society where a man's many problems throughout the novel....
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2009 for the course ENGLISH 1197 taught by Professor Winch during the Spring '09 term at Temple.
- Spring '09