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Jen | 1608 comments Mod
Discuss the class differences among the characters in the novel, using Ammu’s and Velutha’s families as examples. To what extent are their lives shaped by the caste into which they’re born? How do the concept and the reality of "the Untouchable" function in the novel?

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Diane Zwang | 1289 comments Mod
Velutha was part of the untouchable caste. He references this when summoned by Mammachi and she pushes him down, he is not used to being touched and is stunned. Velutha is very smart and is hired to help fix all the equipment at Paradise Pickles & Preserves. Chacko and Mammachi find him invaluable to help run the business but the workers are offended that they have to work with someone who is of a lower caste system. The workers are upset that they broke tradition by allowing this untouchable in their space.

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