Saturday, April 16, 2016

Tear Drops

One scene in the book that keep playing over and over in my head and a constant battle on whether or not I like the Brass Monkey, is when the Monkey beats up Sonney. That whole scene was so vivid in my head, I could just picture Sonney bunched up in a ball with beefy swimmers towering over him and kicking and punching over and over again and poor Sonny just crying his eyes out because all he did was love. For the importance of this scene, I am not sure, other than it being incredibly disturbing. The only thing that I can think of, but sounds like a stretch, is a relation to the language riots. The language riot is all about how the language said indian loves is the one they one to be prevalent, but there are multiple groups who want the same thing, so they beat each other up about it. The Brass Monkey and Sonney both have different view on love so the monkey beats him up with her swim gang.


Jac said...

It is weird to think that she beats him up all over love. It calls to attention the role love plays in MC. Throughout the novel, we see people and their different approaches on love. For example, some learn to love, like Saleem's grandparents. They do not really know each other and fall in love, but rather know they need to love each other so they learn to do so. Another perverted example of love is Saleem loving the Brass Monkey. She is his sister, so it is very strange that he falls in love with her (obviously they are not related by blood, but it is still weird). The novel has a number of various different strange situations when it comes to attractions.

Madison Cummings said...

That scene broke my heart. Like you point out Anastasia, all Sonny did to Brass Monkey was love her. The way Brass Monkey handled this situation made me think of a quote from the movie "Perks of Being a Wallflower" that says, "We accept the love we think we deserve." I think this may be why Brass Monkey didn't accept Sonny's love. Maybe she didn't think she did anything to earn it? She was always considered the worst child, and she was very defensive of that title. Whenever Sonny would do something bad, she would try to do something worse to regain her status back. While I think she handled the situation wrongly, and it made me feel really bad for Sonny, I think that could have been her reason behind getting her swim gang to beat him up.