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July 2014 - God of Small Things > What does the title mean? (Spoilers)

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message 1: by Crystal (new)

Crystal (infiniteink) | 87 comments Obviously, in the book, Ammu thinks of Velutha as the god of small things.

What does this mean, though? Does it really just refer to Velutha, or does it have a broader application?

message 2: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Foxley | 2 comments Sometimes the world we live in is so absurd and unjust that you can't make sense of it. These characters were caught up in a twisted world with very little control over their own fates. Velutha and Ammu knew what they were doing was life affirming, but they knew it would destroy them at the same time. So they chose to live in the moment, and savor their own tiny bit of paradise. It was ruled by the God of Small Things: spiders, bugs, plants, the river, their love affair. They tried living and loving outside the social boundaries. Sometimes that's all you can do. You find heaven in a dew drop knowing it will evaporate the minute you turn your back. So I think the God of Small Things is both Velutha and living in that Zen state of just being.

message 3: by Cecily (new)

Cecily | 44 comments Although moths feature, rather than butterflies, in some ways, it's about the butterfly effect: how small things can have multiple and major consequences, meaning that everything can change in a single day. "Anything can happen to anyone. It's best to be prepared."

There are many other Small Things:
* "The God of Loss. The God of Small Things."
* Ammu telling Rahel "When you hurt people they begin to love you less", a throwaway line that grows, festers and twists within until it changes the lives of everyone.
* Ammu is "Someone Small who has been bullied all their lives by Someone Big".
* At big moments "only the Small Things are ever said".
* A couple who know they have no future, so "instinctively they stick to the Small Things"
* Filth and decay, of which there is much 23 years later, is an accumulation of small things.

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