The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy Essays

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The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

Before going into the theatre “to see The Sound of Music for the third time” (35), Estha “[completes] his first adult assignment” (93). He goes to the bathroom on his own, while Ammu, Baby and Rahel accompany each other to the ladies room. This little detail about going to use the restroom foreshadows another instance where Estha will be forced from being a child into manhood.

Ammu tells Estha to “shut UP!!” (96) because he was singing along to the words of the movies. Instead of shutting up, he leaves the theatre on his own account, because “he couldn’t help” (96) but sing along to the words he knew. After completing his first adult assignment, his childlikeness comes out in having to sing
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Rahel “[spins] around to look at Estha” (106). She knows that would be loved a little less if Ammu or anyone knew.

The next thing you know, Rahel is saying something to Ammu that “makes [Ammu] love [her] a little less” (107). Ammu “couldn’t be expected to understand that… emptiness in one twin was only a version of the quietness in the other” (20,21). She did not get the hint that something happened to Estha in the theatre by Rahel’s behavior.

Journal Entry: February 18-20

The back verandah of the History House (where a posse of touchable policemen converged, where an inflatable goose was burst) had been enclosed and converted into the airy hotel kitchen. Nothing worse than kebabs and caramel custard happened there now. The Terror was past. Overcome by the smell of food. Silenced by the humming of cooks. The cheerful chop-chop-chopping of ginger and garlic. The disemboweling of lesser mammals—pigs, goats. The dicing of meat. The scalding of fish. Something lay buried in the ground. Under grass. Under twenty-three years of June rain. A small forgotten thing. Nothing that the world would miss. A child’s plastic wristwatch with the time painted on it. Ten to two, it said. (121)

This passage is taken from a time when Rahel was in her “viable, die-able age” (154), back from America and reminiscing over the past. This passage holds some foreshadowing, both for what the book holds for us, which has already happened but not yet

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