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The God of Small Things | Study Guide

Arundhati Roy

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Arundhati Roy

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Perspective and Narrator

The God of Small Things is narrated from the third-person omniscient point of view, so it is told by someone who sees the action and knows the characters' secrets without being part of the story. This narrative choice allows readers to experience the events from different characters' perspectives. However, a large percentage of the story is told as witnessed by one main character, Rahel. This focus, especially on a young girl's perspective, is especially useful at revealing the foolishness of some of the traditions and power structures that Arundhati Roy criticizes.


The God of Small Things is told in past tense, but the story ranges from prior events to events happening in the current time of the novel. Frequent flashbacks and the use of foreshadowing take readers from past to present to future.

About the Title

One of Arundhati Roy's main themes in The God of Small Things is that day-to-day life—the "small things"—can be greatly affected by the "big things" such as politics, racism, and cultural mores. The author suggests that everyone could use a god who might protect them as they try to succeed in small ways to love deeply, work successfully, and find happiness.


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