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Who or what is the Great Socialist in The White Tiger?

In this book, the “Great Socialist” is a symbol representing politicians in India. The title “Great Socialist” is ironic because contrary to expectations, the politicians do not adhere to socialism...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2015 11:45 am UTC

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In The White Tiger, what is the real reason why Balram murdered Mr. Ashok?

It isn't very long after arriving in the big city that Balram realizes just how corrupt and rotten to the core public life in India really is. He soon discovers that the rich live by their own...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2020 11:42 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2013 2:04 pm UTC

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What are some of the major themes of The White Tiger?

One of the major themes in The White Tiger is the power of corruption to weaken the morals of any person living in that society. This is expressed through Balram's experiences and choices...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 3:22 pm UTC

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Why is The White Tiger structured as a letter to Premier Jiabao?

The White Tiger is structured as a letter to Chinese Premier Jiabao because Balram, the protagonist of the novel, hears that Jiabao is coming to Bangalore in the coming days. The Premier's...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2017 8:02 pm UTC

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Describe Adiga's writing style in The White Tiger.

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...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2019 8:59 pm UTC

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In The White Tiger, is Balram justified in killing Ashok?

This is an interesting question. Balram sees killing Ashok as his way to escape poverty. Balram was born into what he refers to as the "rooster coop," or the chaos, corruption, and poverty in which...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2019 6:09 pm UTC

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Discuss The White Tiger as a novel highlighting the social evils in India

Through Balram's eyes, social evils are shown to be present in India. One can trace the highlighting of social evils throughout Balram's narrative. One of the most basic is the idea that there is...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2013 9:36 am UTC

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Is Balram a reliable narrator and realistic character whose assessment of India is to be taken seriously?

Balram is not meant to give us a full, unbiased view of Indian society. No one character in any work of fiction could ever do that, since individuals, even when they are part of a single society,...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2019 11:54 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019 4:30 pm UTC

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I need one more point for my thesis statement for my 5 paragraph essay. Can you help me with another point I can make...

I think what is missing within your thesis statement is an acknowledgement that Balram lacks a sense of accountability for his actions and ignores the consequences of them—or, at the very least, he...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 10:52 pm UTC

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How does setting develop theme in The White Tiger?

The way in which Delhi is described and depicted in this masterful novel stresses the way in which the progress that is associated with modern nations such as India actually is far more complex and...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2012 5:52 pm UTC

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Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger shows that corruption is inescapable in modern India. Discuss the merits of Adiga's...

While India consolidates her position as the fastest growing economy on the planet, she continues to wage war with corruption, poverty, and social inequality. The White Tiger highlights the...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 3:11 pm UTC

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In Aravind Adiga's novel The White Tiger, how does Balram characterize “entrepreneurship” opportunities in Bangalore?

Balram, the main character, or protagonist, in Aravind Adiga's novel The White Tiger, is a corrupted individual, having witnessed first-hand the arrogance, dishonesty, hypocrisy, and brutality of...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2015 12:02 am UTC

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In The White Tiger, Balram’s father states that “my whole life I have been treated like a donkey. All I want is that...

I am unable to see your introduction in the question, but I can write about some of the issues you've raised in regards to both Balram's status at the end of the novel and what it means to live...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 1:30 am UTC

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In The White Tiger, what resolutions are made of the major conflict(s) that were faced by the main characters?

In The White Tiger, the resolutions made by the main characters are heavily influenced by the corruption of the city and the conflicts in moral values. For example, when Pinky Madam kills the...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2011 8:26 pm UTC

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What quotations could I use for the evolution of Balram's opinion of his master and their relationship in The White...

For quotations on the evolution of Balram's opinion of and relationship with Mr. Ashok, look for the sections of the novel that show them in critical interactions. For example, after Balram takes...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2011 8:17 pm UTC

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In The White Tiger, how does the author use each setting -- the village, Dhanbad, Delhi, and Bangalore -- to develop...

A major part of The White Tiger is Adiga's exploration of what defines modern India. The contours of this configuration is complex. This is reflected in the settings employed throughout the...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2013 12:20 am UTC

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I have to write an essay on this: In The White Tiger, Balram’s father states that “my whole life I have been treated...

Balram's father is Vickram Halwai, a poor rickshaw puller who wishes for at least one of his sons to have the opportunity to "live like a man." Vickram ensures that Balram is taught to read and to...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2017 1:06 am UTC

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Aren't most of the characters in The White Tiger stereotypes rather than "real," complex characters?

Although the novel had some success due to its astute analysis of some of the social and political issues in modern India, many critics agree with you and have pointed out that many of the...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 3:30 am UTC

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Is Balram's murder of his master a spontaneous act, triggered by Balram's disillusionment or is it due to more...

Avarind Adiga's White Tiger is a powerful novel describing the inequities of life in India. It is an epistlolary novel that begins with Balram's confession that he is a wanted man in India. We...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 5:55 am UTC

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How does Balram believe that he is living like a man (I just need a few bullet points notes of what I should talk...

How does Balram believe that he is living like a man? For Balram, "living like a man" means to live freely and be in control of one's own direction in life. This can be summarized by the following...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 12:00 am UTC

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I have to write an essay on this: In The White Tiger, Balram’s father states that “my whole life I have been treated...

Based on the quote you provided above, it can be argued personal freedom is necessary for a fulfilling life. Ideally, the thesis statement should appear in the first paragraph. It should clearly...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 1:18 pm UTC

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How does Delhi pollution relate to The White Tiger? Explain how the fact that there is pollution and poor people are...

In the latter half of 2019, a news story dropped stating that actress Priyanka Chopra was wearing a mask while she was out filming scenes for a movie adaptation of Aravind Adiga's satirical novel...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2020 12:35 pm UTC

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Are there any examples of The Stork being corrupt in the text?

The Stork is one of four corrupt landlords of the village or town of Laxmangarh. He is a notable character in the "The White Tiger" because he becomes Balram's employer for quite some time....

Latest answer posted April 24, 2015 4:45 pm UTC

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How shall I write a book review of The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga?

Book reviews typically give an overview of the major events in the plot of the story, an exploration of the main characters, a word about theme, and comments on the author's writing style. Reviews...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2011 10:23 pm UTC

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What does Balram mean when he says that he's India's most faithful voter, but he's never seen the inside of a voting...

Balram uses a characteristically cynical and sarcastic tone to satirize the strange workings of Indian democracy. He is a faithful voter in that he's voted in every single general, state, and local...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 7:47 am UTC

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Which symbols support one of the central themes in The White Tiger? Why/how?

One of the major themes in The White Tiger is the complexity beneath progress. Throughout the novel, Balram discusses the "new India," one that is on the surface viewed as a bustling economy in...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2012 10:30 pm UTC

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Talk about the postcolonial darkness in the novel The White Tiger.

The White Tiger takes place soon after India's liberation from British Rule. Additionally, this time period also marks the loss of India's traditional caste system. While the caste system is not...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2020 9:36 pm UTC

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Why does the school inspector call Balram Halwai a “white tiger”? In what ways have we learned that Balram is a...

The character of Balram is introduced as a young boy growing up in a poor family in a small Indian village. His father is determined that he should get an education, and he attends school alongside...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019 9:26 pm UTC

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What traits about the heart of rural India are highlighted in the novel?

The White Tiger highlights a fairly pessimistic view of the heart of rural India. The two most dramatically portrayed characteristics are poverty and the caste system. The caste system is one in...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 5:04 am UTC

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How did Balram fight his position in poverty from the very beginning of his life?

Balram, the antihero of Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger, was born in Laxmangarh, a rural village in India, to a low-caste family. He fought his impoverished social position from a very young age,...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019 12:58 pm UTC

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In The White Tiger, what character confronts the demands of two private passions that conflicts with his or her...

One might argue that Mr. Ashok must confront private passions that conflict with his responsibilities. Ashok has been educated in the United States, and when he returns to India to work with his...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2011 1:50 am UTC

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Themes Let's start a discussion on themes, please!

I'm sorry. Now what you are asking is much more clear. I would say that one of the themes of this book deals with the giant gap between the rich and the poor whether the ends one uses to span the...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009 12:21 pm UTC

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Hi, I need help with this homework. present one of your arguments. A typical argument will include a few paragraphs...

It appears that this question is asking for some advice on how to develop a thesis statement that analyzes some aspect of The White Tiger. The story is a wonderful examination of many things, but...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020 3:04 pm UTC

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 Does India have a real democracy? How does the Great Socialist corrupt the elections? Is this fair?

Though Indian politicians like to brag about their country being the world's largest democracy, Balram shows that the sordid reality is altogether different. In his local district, the voting...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 7:58 am UTC

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Although they start off as very similar characters, what causes Pariag in The Dragon Can't Dance and Balram in The...

Hello! The question of caste and position in society is prominently featured in both novels. Both Balram and Pariag work hard to improve their own social conditions; however, the end results of...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2015 7:42 pm UTC

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Each of these stories culminates in a murder (the novel The White Tiger and the movie Theeb). How justified was each...

Let's first consider the plot of each of these stories: The movie Theeb, written and directed by Naji Abu Nowar, follows the story of the titular Theeb--an orphan who is the third son of a Bedouin...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2016 12:45 am UTC

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Aravind Adiga’s prize-winning novel The White Tiger opens with a letter by the protagonist to the premier of China....

Aravind Adiga’s prize-winning novel The White Tiger opens with a letter by the protagonist to the premier of China. The premier is planning a visit to the protagonist’s residence of Bangalore,...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2012 4:58 am UTC

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Hi, I need help with The White Tiger,  I need to make a novel thesis statement about how environment shapes behaviors...

A thesis statement can be difficult to form because there is always the danger of making it too overly specific, and therefore overstuffed and overlong, or too generic. A good thesis statement...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020 11:53 am UTC

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Here is my thesis and introduction. I need help with my first paragraph, and I must talk about how Balram believes he...

You have a good start here but need to unpack the concept of living "like a man" in greater detail later in the paper and focus the first paragraph more on how you will support your thesis in the...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 8:39 pm UTC

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I need an external source to support this thesis statement about The White Tiger: "While it is true that freedom is...

Let me start with your thesis. It is a wonderful thesis, and I am very curious as to how you are going to prove your statement. This means that I am an engaged and curious reader. This is a very...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2020 11:10 pm UTC

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