Read Roy’s God Of Small Things To 216 Arundhati Roy’s The God Of Small Things (Random House ISBN 978-0812979657)

Please respond to your question with thought and specificity in 200-300 words.

1. Why does Baby Kochamma manipulate Estha and Rahel into falsely confessing that they had been kidnapped by Velutha? Later Rahel questions whether they were deceived into doing what they did and ultimately concludes that she and Estha “knew that they had been given a choice.” Is it fair to lay blame on these two children for believing they needed to save their mother? How does this incident continue to affect Rahel into adulthood?

In the chapter: “Literary Movements: Impossible Collectivities in The God of Small Things,” from the book Capital, Culture, and the World Bank, (2007), Benjamin Bret explores how the two sexual couplings that conclude the book are forced into being by a social order that is too rigid, exclusionary, racist, classist, and sexist, based in niggardly selfishness and “exploitative power arrangements.” Bret concludes the chapter as follows:

                 “The critique is clear: racism, sexism, caste-ism, agism, capitalism are not only ineffectually addressed, but are often reproduced, by the available political forms, which are themselves marked by hierarchical, exclusionary, exploitative power arrangements. Taken as the outline of a political program, then, the novel is deeply despairing; there is hardly much consolation to be taken from a fleeting moment of tenderness and desire in the face of Velutha’s brutal murder, Ammu’s rapid and solitary decline, and the psychological anguish and debilitation of Rahel and Estha. Taken as a literary object, however, the novel may be said to name a horizon of possibility. That is, in figuring an impossible productive collectivity, it imagines a future beyond the limits of present vantage; it dares to ask the question, how do we get to Tomorrow from today.

The realization of an alternative society constituted by and from the social flesh of a multitude, a society that imagines forms of collectivity that are open, networked, nonhierarchical, vital, and productive is the organizing project of the World Social Forum.” [The World Social Forum has as its slogan: “Another World is Possible.” It is working towards a world that is more humane and livable.]

2.Exploring the above ideas in any way that interests you, describe what you think in a minimumof 200 words.