A JOURNEY TOWARDS SELF-REALIZATION IN THE NOVEL GOD OF SMALL THINGS
Author(s):
Dr.K.Geetha
Keywords:
Culture, identity, feminism, psychology, understanding, dreams, self-realization, Caste, society, marginalization, unconscious, conscious, Carl Jung
Abstract
Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy's novel God of Small Things speaks about casteism, discrimination, marital issues, childhood struggles, marginalization, and woman subjugation. The plot is centered on the life of the twins Rahel and Estha who face traumatic childhood experiences because of their parental mistakes, social construct, and patriarchal society. The psychological issue that they face is the feeling of not being loved and also they were tormented physically and emotionally. The setting of the story is set in Kerala which follows the old patriarchal order. The novel is in third person narrative to give the readers a better perspective of the feeling and emotions of the characters. The various characters in the novel make mistakes that directly and indirectly affect the lives of the twins. Each character in the novel has a traumatizing past. The founder of analytical psychology Carl Jung has explained the impact of the consciousness and unconsciousness, which became a great breakthrough in the field of psychology. He is known for the concept of collective unconsciousness which in simple terms means that every individual has a similar psychological construct and he also explains the influence of the unconscious in day to day situations. The article explains through God of Small Things and Carl Jung's theory that an unconscious traumatic experience faced by an individual has an effect on one's actions and thought process.
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Unique Paper ID: 152568

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 3

Page(s): 825 - 828
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