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Volume 10 : 6 June 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
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         K. Karunakaran, Ph.D.
         Jennifer Marie Bayer, Ph.D.
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The Changing Image of Women in Indian Writing in English -
A Study of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things

T. Marx, Ph.D.


In her novel, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy attacks age-old attitudes and constructs such as phallocentrism, which has social and religious sanction.

Arundhati Roy's Rahel in The God of Small Things reveals the changing role of woman in Indian postcolonial literature.

This paper analyzes the character development of Ahel as well as her mother, Ammu. In addition, a discussion on the series of "disappointments in love," which runs through the novel is pursued to show that the disadvantages and oppression of women run through generations and this has its effect on all, including individuals, families and society.

The roles of male characters in relation to and comparison with the lives of women are also discussed.

Deconstruction of Stereotypical Constructs

In her novel, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy deconstructs stereotypical constructs about women and we get the message that women can play an equal part with men, only if they gain a distinct voice of their own and learn to transcend the traditional barriers of their silence. Indian society is all bent upon to abuse a woman as immoral when there is even a slight deviation from the accepted ways of behaviour. Roy attacks age-old attitudes and constructs such as phallocentrism, which has social and religious sanction. Phallocentrism is defined as the view "centered on or emphasizing the masculine point of view" (Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary

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T. Marx, Ph.D.
Department of English
Pondicherry University
Pondicherry-605014, India

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