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The Garden of Eden

“And he recalled the familiar sight of all those Hindu men and women who could be seen squatting in the open, outside the city every morning. ‘So shameless,’ he thought; ‘they don’t seem to care who looks at them, sitting there like that’ ” (Anand 19).

Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable. London, England: Penguin, 1986. Print.

This passage reminds me of the Garden of Eden. The Hindu men and women are like Adam and Eve before they ate the apple and Bakha is them after. After being exposed to the tree of life and sin, which in this case could be symbolized by the Englishmen, he finds something so normal to his culture to be shameful. The English represent the tree of life because they are, in many ways, more modern than India, but they also represent sin because they are taking away the land and rights of people solely because they believe they have the right to due to their skin color. Also because they have stolen from these people and killed many innocents in the process of expanding there own empire, kind of like Satan one could argue.