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What is the theme of The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga?

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rani16 | Elementary School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 3, 2013 at 8:20 AM via web

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What is the theme of The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM (Answer #1)

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There are many individual themes in The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, like globalization, class conflict, outsourcing, and cultural influences ("There are so many choices. See the Muslims have one god ... [Christians] three ... [Hindus] 36,000,000 gods"), but the dominant theme revolves around the idea that the 21st century is the century "of the yellow and the brown man." This stands in opposition to Balram's idea that the 20th century was that of the "white-skinned man, who has wasted himself." The overriding theme might be expressed in a sentence like this:

  • In a world where an economic power shift has sent former masters to former slaves who are asked to act as present resources of value, a climb to the top of the new power-class requires taking advantage of the silent people, the invisible people in one's own country just as the master used to take advantage because progress is built on contradictory morality that ironically takes Gandhi as its iconic figure.

When you have heard the story of how I got to Bangalore and became one of its most successful ... business, you will know everything there is to know about how entrepreneurship is born, nurtured, and developed in this, the glorious twenty-first century man ... the yellow and the brown man.

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