A House for Mr Biswas

A House for Mr Biswas

Brahmin Term Analysis

The traditional Hindu caste of teachers, scholars, and religious leaders.
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Brahmin Term Timeline in A House for Mr Biswas

The timeline below shows where the term Brahmin appears in A House for Mr Biswas. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2: Before the Tulsis
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...he almost never saw her, except when Tara’s husband “held a religious ceremony and needed Brahmins to feed.” He went over in a clean dhoti and his sister served him food,... (full context)
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...At dinner, Mr Biswas realized that he never had taken his caste status as a Brahmin seriously—and it felt like even more of a joke at Ramchand’s well-decorated hut, even though... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4: Among the Readers and Learners
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...quarreled silently with Govind over parking space; Basdai started mediating the family’s arguments. Despite his brahmanic ways, “W.C. Tuttle was all for modernity,” filling his house with elegant furniture that inevitably... (full context)
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...he saw the Tulsis as “barbarians.” In fact, he saw himself as the guardian of brahmin purity and Western civilization alike, and his only fight with Mr Biswas was the quarrel... (full context)