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Pappachi’s Moth

The real blow came twelve years later, when, as a consequence of a radical taxonomic reshuffle,
lepidopterists decided that Pappachi’s moth was in fact a separate species and genus hitherto
unknown to science. By then, of course, Pappachi had retired and moved to Ayemenem. It was
too late for him to assert his claim to the discovery.
(P. 48) (Chapter 2, Papachi’s Moth)
In the years to come, even though he had been ill-humored long before he discovered the moth,
Papachi’s Moth was held responsible for his black moods and sudden bouts of temper. Its
pernicious ghost – gray, furry and with unusually dense dorsal tufts – haunted every house that
he ever lived in. It tormented him and his children and his children’s children.
(P.48) (Chapter 2, Papachi’s Moth)
Rahel saw that Ammu had a film of perspiration on her forehead and upper lip, and that her eyes
had become hard, like marbles. Like Pappachi’s in the Vienna studio photograph. (How
Pappachi’s Moth whispered in his children’s veins!)
(P. 69) (Chapter 2, Papachi’s Moth)
A cold moth with unusually dense dorsal tufts landed lightly on Rahel’s heart. Where its icy legs
touched her, she got goosebumps. Six goosebumps on her careless heart.
(P. 107) (Chapter 4, Abilash Talkies)
The moth on Rahel’s heart spread its velvet wings, and the chill crept into her bones.
(P. 108) (Chapter 4, Abilash Talkies)
Rahel watched him and her cold moth spread its wings again. Slow out. Slow in. A predator’s
lazy blink.
(P. 111) (Chapter 4, Abilash Talkies)
Like a deep-sounding bell in a mossy well. Shivery, and furred. Like moth’s feet.
(P. 139) (Chapter 6, Cochin Kangaroos)
On Rahel’s heart Pappachi’s Moth snapped open its somber wings.
And lifted its legs.
(P.277) (Chapter 15, A Few Hours After)

She said that if they didn’t turn Velutha in.The sight of Baby Kochamma made them suddenly sober. Chapter 15) After the boat sinked. 299) (Chapter 19. Outline: I. Baby Kochamma manipulated the twins. “It’s a terrible thing to take a person’s life. o Rahel and Estha When Ammu was jailed. Even God doesn’t forgive that. Saving Ammu) Inside the Inspector’s room. *State the passage* o Estha It was apparent in Estha in (Page 139. He was frustrated after not having to claim his right in the discovery of the said moth. It was at that time that changed Pappachi.” What is the significance of Pappachi’s Moth.” Baby Kochamma said. they were both shouting for Sophie Mol but she wasn’t in sight. Saving Ammu) Question: Papachi’s Moth “tormented him and his children and his children’s children. by extension. Papachi’s Moth was on the move. . You know that. Fear of losing their mother. It was the reason for his black moods and ill-temperedness. II. his family? What do you think this moth symbolizes for the characters? Why is the image of the Moth associated most often with Rahel? Cite specific lines from the novel to prove your point. Why had she come? Where is Ammu? Was she still locked up? (P. It was a burden that he had to live for the remainder of his life. It brought fear to Rahel’s heart. Papachi’s Moth  Literal sense It was Pappachi’s greatest setback in his life. “It’s the worst thing that anyone can ever do. He was filled with the fear of Ammu’s punishment when they get home. Chapter 6) when Sophie Mol has just arrived in the airport. As seen in (Page 48 Chapter 2). both to him and. Symbolization  Fear o Rahel In (page 277. Ammu scolded him because he responded to Margaret Kochamma rudely or not as Ammu taught her. Their hearts were again filled with fear. 300) (Chapter 19. there was this baggage that he had to carry with him everywhere he went. don’t you?” (P. The moth with unusually dense dorsal tufts spread its wings over both their hearts. their mother would rot in jail and it’s because of them.

when Ammu said that she loved her less. She longed for the day when she receives the approval from her mother. Rahel  Unaccepted She felt that she was such a disappointment to Ammu. She was unhappy that he had to go through all of that and because she didn’t know what to do to cheer him up.  Generally unhappy . Rahel was scared that Ammu would not accept her for who she is. Abilash Talkies) when Rahel saw how Chacko missed Sophie Mol. It can be seen in (Page 107. III. It is evident in (P. which is why she felt unwanted. Unhappiness o Rahel It was also a sign of unhappiness. Chapter 4). It created a void that she couldn’t fill. 111) (Chapter 4.