The Fluidity of Identity Exploring Gender and Sexuality in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things


  • Ms. Arthi Holy cross college (Autonomous) , Tiruchirapall-2


Double colonization, Arundhati Roy’s novel, ‘The God of Small Things’


The ‘double colonization’ women faced from both patriarchy and colonialism. Recent studies this abstract delves into the intricate exploring of gender and sexuality in Arundhati Roy’s novel’ ‘The God of Small Things’. The narrative unfolds within the complex socio cultural landscape of Kerala, India, weaving a tapestry of identities that challenge conventional norms. Roy artfully navigates the fluidity of identity, scrutinizing how characters negotiate their gender and sexuality in a society laden with expectations and
restrictions. The protagonist, Rahel, and her twin brother Estha, confront the oppressive constructs of caste and gender, highlighting the intersectionality of their struggles. The novel’s narrative structure, alternating between past and present, enhance the portrayal of identity as a dynamic and evolving force. Through vivid storytelling, Roy unveils the intricacies of individual journeys, offering profound insights into the multifaceted nature of identity in the face of societal constraints. ‘The God of Small Things’ stands as a poignant exploring of the profound impact societal norms can have on the fluidity of one’s identity.


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