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 throughout the novel.
Balram is never expressly a good person, but he appears to be shaped by the society around him. When he thinks about his country, he thinks about the rampant poverty and the experiences that shaped him as a child. However, he did try to do the right things at first. He worked to get an education and then took low-paying jobs in the hope of getting out of the cycle of poverty in which he and his father were stuck.
As he is exposed to more of the corruption and cruelties of his society, Balram changes. He is less willing to work hard because he sees that hard work isn't the way to obtain power or fortune. Even the man he works for gets ahead because he's willing to bribe the President—a man who, himself, is corrupt and being supported by those willing to cover up his crimes. The man...
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