How the childhood can effect a person

Rahel  Kochamma is one of the main characters in the book I read, Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things. The book tells the story of her and her twinbrother Estha. They had  a traumatic childhood and it effects them for the rest of their lives. The twins were separeted from each other when they are seven years old and next time they see each other after over twenty years.

Rahel’s childhood wasnt’ something every parent would wish for their children. Rahel and her brother Estha saw when their cousin Sophie Mol died drowning  at the age of nine, she was two only  years older than the twins. The incident had  a big  impact in Rahel, the honest, smart, introvereted girl. 

Estha is very important for her sister even they are separeted very early. When Rahel was child, when her memory had just begun, she always thought her and her brother as we. She owns memories she describes she don’t  have right to have. Even after many years after they were separeted, she has a memory of waking up one night giggling at Estha’s funny dream. So she could know for example  even of some not so nice things which have happened to her brother, for instance when Estha was sexually abused, even she hadn’t been there.

Rahel has never felt socially comfortable. She was an extremely polite child with no friends. She was blacklisted in one school, expelled from the next one. Later she went to architecture school but didn’t finnish it. She marries an American man and lives America until she comes back to Ayemenem to see her brother.

The incidents of Rahel’s cihldhood effect how she sees things and you might say that the shady intimacy at the reunion of Rahel and her brother is something that wouldn’t have happened without their tarumatic childhood.

Difficult word:


lean-tukea, nojata





2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heidi
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 16:21:40

    You have described and explained the character well and used many adjectives which is good. I think the plot showed trough the analyzing but it wasn’t bad thing but it helped understand about the charcater and the book.
    Very difficult difficult words! Well done 🙂


  2. Omar Ahmed
    Nov 21, 2010 @ 16:04:07

    Your title is very much in context so points for that. You have described her with detail and you have used lots of cool words so the text was very colourful. There were a bit more mistakes in the grammar in this text than your book review but it was still easy to read. I guess you could’ve had a couple more difficult words but as I didn’t have the reguired amount either I really shouldn’t say anything about that :D. Good job again.


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