How did Balram justify the murder of his master, knowing he was putting his entire family in danger in The White Tiger by Adiga?

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Balram takes a drastic step and kills his master in The White Tiger. This action not only makes him a heinous criminal, but it also endangers his family. Balram justifies his actions to himself to prevent guilt from taking over, as he has caused potentially severe trauma to his family and marked himself as a fugitive.

While contemplating murder, Balram begins to dream of the action. Typically, he believes he would be having dreams of the pantheon of Gods telling him to forego his action, but instead he has dreams where he begins to fear that he won’t be able to go through with it. He interprets this as saying that he would be losing his nerve or failing in his intentions by not committing the murder.

Additionally, Balram craves a deeper emotion and freedom than he typically experiences. Trapped by the constraints of their caste system, Balram wants to be free and have more humanity than he is relegated. So, his solution is to take the major step of murder.

In spite of the danger it puts...

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