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ENG 255 Assignment Playbook

This playbook contains materials for ENG 255 (Major Writers in World Literature).

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God of Small Things: Themes

  • Family
  • Caste/Social class 
  • Gender/gender roles
  • Innocence
  • Guilt and blame
  • Different perspectives about the same reality
  • Fear
  • Identity
  • Life and death/Mortality
  • Desire
  • Taboos about romantic and sexual relationships -- Roy refers to the social/cultural taboo about intercaste marriage as "love laws," but this isn't a real law.  The law of India actually supports and protects marriages between members of different castes (see Special Marriage Act, 1954).
  • Incest