The God of Small Things

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Velutha of Small Things
The small, more trivial things in life are more often than not eschewed, and because of this they are left to find a safe haven in furtive localities similar to “History House” or the river. Being the watch keeper of these small things can be good as well as bad, as shown through Velutha’s ultimate fate. In the novel “The God of Small Things”, Arundhati Roy shows the minute details that fill her characters' lives and furnish the dwellings that cannot protect them. Not only does Roy address the importance of small things, but she also does this through giving the title of “The God of Small Things” to Velutha. Although Velutha social status is of nearly no value, the God of Small Things is Velutha as a
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He was a paravan. Having no standing, he left no mark on the world. It is for this reason that neither Baby Kochamma nor Comrade Pillai gives much importance to Velutha. They acknowledge him but do not give him his worth. Pillai actually advises Chacko to fire him regardless of his importance, even as an Untouchable, in the management and maintenance of Paradise Pickles and Reserves. Velutha's presence and usefulness is unsettling to many who deem he acts above his station, especially his fellow workers in the factory. This is mainly due to his importance even as an Untouchable, or a smaller being; he seems to break the societal rules that are set for him. The Hindus believed that Untouchables were insignificant beings that were being punished for having been sinful or faulty in a former life, a mixture of ideas dealing with bad karma as well as reincarnation. By being silent and obedient, an Untouchable can obtain a higher rebirth in the next life, a concept that reinforces and is reinforced by the caste system. It is because of his trivial social standing that although he may be a keen and committed member of the Marxist Party, his Untouchable status makes other members disassociate themselves from him. Comrade Pillai even mentions that Velutha’s death would be more profitable to him than his existence.
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