Altering the Love Laws As We Thought We Knew It

Throughout the novel The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy the topic of caste differences, specifically between Velutha and the Ayemenem house. However, in the last chapter of the novel, we get an in-depth explanation of sex between Velutha and Ammu. From about the middle to the end of the novel the relationship between Ammu and Velutha seemed to be a crime of passion and lust. But with the description of the sex between these two, not only is it the only time in the story where we are told this is happening vividly, but the chapter holds more power than just lust. This chapter contrasts the traditional viewpoints between Touchables and the Untouchables and destroys everything thought of with the Love Laws motif explained throughout the novel, more specifically, who can be loved. In it’s explained, “She could hear the wild hammering of his heart. She help him till it calmed down. Somewhat” (Roy 316). The explanation of Velutha’s heart-pounding somewhat humanizes him, which goes against how he has been characterized before, as an animal. I also find the word choice of the chapter, The Cost of Living, very interesting because it tells the severity of the relationship between Ammu and Velutha. This while chapter not only describes the intimate story between two people but it’s an opposition to the mistreatment and alienation of lower caste people but the true love between Ammu and Velutha, far beyond what Baby Kochamma — who could not believe that Ammu would even allow this to happen— thought of their relationship.

3 thoughts on “Altering the Love Laws As We Thought We Knew It

  1. VAN T.

    I liked how you brought up the significance of the title of the chapter. I has also noticed that and thought it was interesting to see how impactful having a relationship between drastically different caste was.


  2. Michael D.

    Your interpretation is great, noticing how Velutha’s heart humanizes him. Another important thing is that while chronologically, this happens in the middle, the book ends with this scene.


  3. CUORA S

    I think the thematic ideas about caste are overlooked by other themes and symbols in this novel. I liked how you brought awareness to the chapter’s name and the fact that it ends the book, which is extremely significant in my opinion and your explanation was really well-written.


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