2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

A Marxist Approach to Roy's The God of Small Things
Serena A. Karraker
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

Exploration of how Arundhati Roy's novel, The God of Small Things, acts as a form of Marxist Criticism on the effects of the caste system within the novel will be undertaken. Roy aims to condemn the policies and every day practices promoting prejudice, exclusion, and exploitation. This blatant criticism by Roy on the social, political, and economic situation surrounding the caste system in 1960s India reveals her view on the power conflict between those of from the upper caste and those of the lower castes. This paper will also explore the disjunction between Roys criticism on the exploitation and lack of social equality that those of lower castes face and her criticism of Marxism and Communism in political practice. Demonstration will be provided to show that Roy is attempting to offer a new form of Marxist Criticism in her very language in addition to her literary devices that she employs in her post-colonial novel.

Keywords: The God of Small Things, Marxist, Criticism

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 38-3
Location: VH 1236
Time: 3:15

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