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Volume 2 Issue 3

August 2015

Confronting the Web of Power Politics: An Interpretation of Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things
Mr. Sandeep Kumar Sharma, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Punjabi University, 
Patiala, Punjab, India
Abstract
The God of Small Things is regarded as a novel of protest and Arundhati Roy has deliberately written this novel in order to revolutionize the age old Indian society of patriarchal dominance and supremacy. Her main intention seems to dismantle the old fabric of the tradition bound society and to rebuild it in the favour of the oppressed and exploited female section of society. Roy’s idea of oppression in the broad sense is subsumed in the issues of female marginalization and entrenched social inequalities. The God of Small Things opens up in the thematic and ideological sense, to a number of positions in Foucauldian discourse of power, as attempted between power and powerlessness and the endless conflicts they are engulfed in.
Keywords
Power; Knowledge; Discourse; Oppression; Panopticon.
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