Marxist Study of Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

  • Tahseen Fatima The University of Lahore, Sargodha Campus, Pakistan
  • Amber Saleem The University of Lahore, Sargodha Campus, Pakistan
Keywords : Commodification, Class Consciousness, Ideology, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

Abstract

In this study Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness has been probed in the light of Marxism. The elements of commodification and class consciousness have been interpreted and analyzed. The study further unveils the role of ideology to economically marginalize and outcast the labor class and vice versa. In this novel Roy demonstrates that when our working class is crushed by the cruel hands of capitalism it results in a very horrible form of revolt or revenge by the victims. By doing that, Roy delineates the characters who are forced to work like machines and a commodity for the interests of the capitalists. The characters who intend to raise voice against this capitalism become a prey to the ideological mechanism supporting the exploitative practices of capitalism. The study follows the parameters of qualitative research and the selected passages have been interpreted as textual evidences to examine Marx’s thoughts about Capitalism and the atrocities done by the capitalists.

Published
2020-11-02
How to Cite
FATIMA, Tahseen; SALEEM, Amber. Marxist Study of Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Journal of Religious Studies, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 01, p. 27-42, nov. 2020. ISSN 2663-0206. Available at: <http://jrs.uoch.edu.pk/index.php/journal3/article/view/239>. Date accessed: 23 nov. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.33195/journal.v4i01.239.