Kochamma Family In Arundhati Roy's The God Of Small Things

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The Post-colonial experiences have made the relationships of families much more difficult due to the fragmentation throughout the country. Children and adults lost their homeland and the struggles they had in their homeland. The development of the colonizer’s land, made them to become confused with where their loyalties should lie. In Arundhati Roy’s novel ‘The God of Small Things’, the Kochamma family is a family of tragic people. It is their own cultural traditions that lead them to the tragedy. However, the theme within the novel is of the people oppressed by the colonisation of India especially by England, and how a society is consumed with prejudices based on class or caste and color that begin to turn on itself, and devalued their own people, culture and native. The…show more content…
Their cousin was presented to them as their ideal. She is constantly compared to the twins which made both of them depressed. Their English cousin is loved from the beginning even before she arrives and when she died the loss of her became more important than her memory. Hybridity occurs in colonial societies both as a result of conscious movements of cultural suppression, as when the colonial power invades to consolidate political and economic control, or when settler-invaders disposes indigenous peoples and force them to assimilate to new social patterns. The impression that Sophie left for herself is loved from the beginning. The entire family’s behavior is peculiar especially in Baby Kochamma’s. In the novel there are different levels of meaning other than the peripheral one. It means that people are forced into a unique pattern of thinking and practice which is enabled by the public school education established by the colonial rulers. Roy herself is a representative of such a phenomenon. The post colonial mind is a fragmented post-war ground; a war that’s won and lost. Edward Said argued that the West had always dominated the East for more than 2,000 years.

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