The God Of Small Things Essay

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"Colonised people are not simply those whose labour has been appropriated but those whose soul dwells an inferiority complex created by the death and burial of the its local cultural originality" How true is this statement?

I agree with this statement to quite a large extent. I think that souls of colonized people dwell an inferiority complex created by both the colonial rule and the death and burial of the local cultural originality. Moreover, I believe that ` inferiority complex' and the `death and burial of cultural originality' will later become two components of a vicious circle as time goes by.

It is easily understood that colonized people are those whose physical labour has been appropriated. People's lives are always affected by government, politics and economy. Colonised people are under the rule of a foreign country and their government is run by a foreign ruler. They have to obey the laws set up by the government. So, theirs lives are actually controlled by the foreigners and theoretically, they are properties of the foreign ruler.

I think that colonial rule will create inferiority complex among the colonized people. Evidences can be found in the book "The God of Small Things". The book is set in India. India was defeated by Britain many centuries ago and then became a British colony. During the colonial rule which lasted for more than a century, the British helped to develop India and hence, raise the living standard of the Indians. The stable lives under British rule showed a big contrast with the poverty and famine which were commonly found in the past under the rule of the local government. The Indians started thinking that their culture is inferior to that of the foreign ruler.

India resumes her sovereignty in 1948 The Indians seemed to have lost their direction. They needed to set up a new government to rule themselves. Chacko regards the War of Independence against Britain in 1957 as a war that they " have won and lost" and also a war that made the Indians "adore their conquerors and despise themselves" (p.53) The Indians had won as they gained their independence after war. However, they had also lost as they can't deny that the British government and the administration are better. They therefore adore their conquerors, love for a foreign culture. They think they are incapable of ruling themselves compares to the British, so they despite themselves. People get a sense of superiority as they are more like British.

Besides colonial rule, I think inferiority complex can be created by the "death and burial of the local cultural originality". In the book, under the good governance the British, the Indians start accepting western ideas and favour western products. While western culture is seeping into people's lives, the Indian local culture is having less impact on the people. There are less people follow traditional customs. All these gradually lead to the...

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