2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

When Religion, Culture and Castes Clash
Lawrence K. Luo
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

In the novel The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy addresses the division between larger systems and personal concerns. As the overarching structures of religion, politics and the caste system begin to clash, characters in the novel become increasingly confused in finding a balance between all the systems. In this paper, I will examine the ways in which Arundhati Roy's depiction of the discriminatory practices of the caste system that corrupt every sphere of society promotes the importance of individual needs over public ideologies.

Keywords: The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy, caste system, religion, family, politics


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 212-5
Location: VH 1408
Time: 10:30

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