Manual scavenging is a dehumanizing age old practice that is still continued today. The members of this particular community are deemed as ‘Untouchables’. The novel Scavenger’s Son is a saga of three generation manual scavengers who lived in the town of Alleppey in Kerala.
The research paper attempts to look at the frustrations of the manual scavengers, born as outcastes, leading to the feelings of self-disgust and self-pity. It will also look at the inhumane practice of untouchability as a hurdle in the dreams and aspirations of the protagonist. The paper will also look at Dalit woman characters, with a special focus on Valli, the protagonist’s wife.
The research falls under the area of Dalit literature, uses the framework of untouchability and employs textual analysis as the research methodology. The research paper is limited to the study of untouchability amongst the manual scavengers in Kerala with respect to the novel Thottiyude Makan. With manual scavenging still being a taboo in contemporary India, this research widens the scope on an elaborate study into the mental trauma of the scavenger.