Funny Boy

Mahagodagé Somaratne Character Analysis

A servant boy who works in Daryl Uncle’s house. When Arjie and Amma stop by during their search for the missing Daryl, they encounter his room in shambles, and Somaratne disappears soon thereafter, leading the police to ultimately accuse him of stealing Daryl’s possessions. Arjie and Amma then go to Somaratne’s village in an attempt to locate Daryl and meet Somaratne’s mother, who informs them that Somaratne returned with his arm paralyzed and has since hidden away. The villagers start throwing bottles at Amma and Arjie on their way out, who realize how disconnected they are from the realities and struggles of Sri Lanka’s rural underclass.
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Mahagodagé Somaratne Character Timeline in Funny Boy

The timeline below shows where the character Mahagodagé Somaratne appears in Funny Boy. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
3. See No Evil, Hear No Evil
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...the police have just burned down the Jaffna library. At Daryl’s house, the servant boy Somaratne says Daryl has not returned, nor has he left a note; Amma looks around for... (full context)
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...and her real fear about his fate. Other police officers bring in the servant boy Somaratne, whom they found running away and they declare “the culprit” responsible for the state of... (full context)
Forbidden Love and Family Theme Icon
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...police have not found Daryl, he reports, but they have confirmed that the servant boy, Somaratne, was stealing from him. Amma returns home distraught, worried that Appa will find out about... (full context)
Forbidden Love and Family Theme Icon
Nationalism, Ethnic Conflict, and Violence Theme Icon
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...and decides to return to Daryl’s house to see what became of the servant boy, Somaratne. When they arrive, a woman tells them that the boy has gone back to his... (full context)
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During their drive to Somaratne’s village, Amma and Arjie notice a blue car following them. Fortunately, when they pull over,... (full context)