The Cost of Living

The concluding chapter of The God of Small Things is possibly one of the best last chapter of a book I have ever read. It did a really good job of fully wrapping up the full meaning of the book and what/who the good of small things really is. The chapter starts off with Velutha and Ammu meeting up and sharing an intimate moment with each other. They are simply just enjoying each others presence and trying to live in the current moment with the joy they feel together. While they spent time together they “instinctively stuck to the Small Things. The Big Things ever lurked inside. They knew that there was nowhere for them to go. They had nothing. No future. So they stuck to the small things.”(320) This is such a powerful line and honestly sums up the entire book. Ammu and Velutha can’t be together and they know that so instead of dwelling on that and only thinking about that, they choose not to and I think that is super significant. They can’t be anything together and they beat that by just enjoying each other and letting that be enough. While spending time together, they decided to focus of “ant-bites on each other’s bottoms” and “the pair of small fish that always sought Velutha out in the river and bit him” While these things obviously don’t matter, it calms them to focus on little things. Sometimes, when you can’t control the big things it is easier to focus on the small things that you can control. The last chapter fully wraps up the full meaning of the book and the reason Velutha is The God of Small Things.

5 thoughts on “The Cost of Living

  1. CASEY M

    I totally agree with this! The chapter is so powerful because it ties the entire novel together, it was an interesting choice by Roy to end with the middle. Another thing it does well is shifting the book’s focus off of Esta and Rahel and to a story about Ammu and the world she created due to her actions.


  2. Owen W.

    I agree. I also think it was a great place to end considering the book has been bouncing back and forth between present and past, so ending in the middle makes sense. I also really like your idea that them focusing on the small things and enjoying each other’s presence is their way of fighting the power system that is keeping them apart.


  3. Katarina O.

    I completely agree and really liked how the final chapter brought everything together despite it taking place in the middle. I think what made the last chapter so powerful was the emphasis on the small things and how Ammu and Velutha were able to enjoy their time together despite knowing that it goes against the caste system to be together.


  4. ALINA S

    This is such a nice vision of the last chapter and how it sums the whole book right up. I definitely agree the last chapter was one of the best to read, and I think their decisions and realizations about not being able to have anything together was so key to the theme of the novel.


  5. Arianna Spruille

    Your interpretation helped me understand the greater meaning of the work as a whole. I’ve been struggling to piece together who really was “The God of Small Things”.


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