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The Role of Locus Standi in The God of Small Things
Transcript of The Role of Locus Standi in The God of Small Things
Lower social standing
DIVORCED “she saw her quarreling with a fate that she, Baby Kochamma herself, felt she had graciously accepted” (Pappachi’s Moth, pg. 44) “He said the police knew all they needed to know and that the Kottayam Police didn’t take statements from veshyas or their illegitimate children… Then he tapped her breasts with his baton. Gently. Tap tap. As though he was choosing mangoes from a basket.” (Paradise Pickles & Preserves, pg. 9) Highlights lack of social standing Welcome Home Sophie Mol Orangedrink Lemondrink Man “Slowly, over the years, Estha withdrew from the world. He grew accustomed to the uneasy octopus that lived inside him and squirted its inky tranquilizer on his past. Gradually the reason for his silence was hidden away, entombed somewhere deep in the soothing folds of the fact of it” (Paradise Pickles & Preserves, pg. 13) “ How could she stand the smell? Haven’t you noticed? They have a particular smell, these Paravans” (The Pessimist and the Optimist, pg. 243). Thank you! Thesis: How does Arundhati Roy use language to reflect the negative connotations associated with the central characters’ lack of locus standi in The God Of Small Things? Ammu
Estha & Rahel
Velutha Literally: 'Place of standing"
the right or capacity to bring an action or to appear in a court. “of all the weapons of destruction that man could invent, the most terrible-and the most powerful-was the word. Daggers and spears left traces of blood; arrows could be seen at a distance. Poisons were detected in the end and avoided. But the word managed to destroy without leaving clues.” - Paulo Coelho “Unnoticed, or at least unremarked upon by her parents. Ammu grew desperate. All day she dreamed of escaping from Ayemenem and the clutches of her ill-tempered father and bitter, long- suffering mother” (Pappachi’s Moth, pg. 39) "…in the pit of her stomach she carried the cold knowledge that, for her, life had been lived. She had had one chance. She made a mistake. She married the wrong man" (Pappachi’s Moth, pg. 39) “Chacko told Rahel and Estha that Ammu had no Locusts Stand I...Chacko said, ‘What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is also mine.'" (Pappachi's Moth) Baby Kochamma “As for a divorced daughter-according to Baby Kochamma, she had no position anywhere at all…As for a divorced daughter from a intercommunity love marriage—Baby Kochamma chose to remain quiveringly silent on the subject” (Pappachi’s Moth, pg. 45). LIES “God’s way of punishing Ammu for her sins and simultaneously avenging her (Baby Kochamma’s) humiliation” (The Pessimist and the Optimist, pg. 243) “ Ammu died in a grimy room in the Bharat Lodge in Alleppey…She died alone…She was thirty-one. Not old, not young, but a viable, die-able age” (Wisdom Exercise Notebooks, pg. 154) foreshadowing “She had only a small part. She was just the landscape…Nobody said Hello to Rahel” (Welcome Home, Our Sophie Mol, pg. 164). “We’re not here are we? We’re not even playing” (Welcome Home, Our Sophie Mol, pg. 173) Baby Kochamma “’One question. All you have to do is to say `Yes.’ Then we can all go home. It’s so easy. It’s a small price to pay.’” Rahel:
“no Plans, no Locusts Stand I” (Kochu Thomban, pg. 220) “The Inspector asked his question. Estha’s mouth said Yes. Childhood tiptoed out. Silence slid in like a bolt” (Saving Ammu, pg. 303) “Pappachi would not allow Paravans into the house. Nobody would. They were not allowed to touch anything that Touchables touched." (Pappachi’s Moth, pg. 71) No voice Dignified “If they hurt Velutha more than they intended to, it was only because any kinship, any connection between themselves and him, any implication that if nothing else, at least biologically he was a fellow creature – had been severed long ago” (The History House, pg. 293) (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (7) Bibliography:
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