Describe Adiga's writing style in The White Tiger.

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Adiga's style is largely satirical. In White Tiger, he is exploring the unhappy social realities, such as poverty and hypocrisy in India, largely through dark humor. Success in Adiga's novel does not necessarily equate with honest work or moral righteousness, and this is reflected in the style.

This satirical intent is also reflected in Adiga's choice of narrator, Balram, an unrepentant killer and thief who nevertheless seems more honest than the people around him. He is honest about who he is (at least, to the audience) and he has a keen wit, making him likable despite his many character flaws and unsavory elements. By choosing such a narrator, Adiga gives the reader a unique view of Indian society from a less privileged position, as Balram is a working man—a chauffeur, to be precise. He gets access to the lives of the wealthy without being part of that class, showing how it all looks from an outsider's perspective.

Adiga's narrative is framed as several letters written by Balram...

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