‘Rags to riches’ narrative with a twist: A critical reflection on aravind adiga’s The white tiger
Narratives of rags to riches have been sold as motivational stories around the world championing the fact that each individual, if s/he has the right competence/ potential and earnest desire to achieve things, then nothing is impossible to achieve in this world. The paper “‘Rags to Riches’ Narrative with a Twist: A Critical Reflection on Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger” critically explores the story of Balram Halwai as he is being forced to commit a murder to fulfil his dream of becoming an entrepreneur and be on the other side of the underdogs of India. The Indian poorer sections are caught in the rooster coop from where they dare not take a leap, but Balram does. But this standalone narrative is not the story of every Indian, but a satire on the India system of governance, political and societal makeup which does not allow characters like Balram to even rise up from their underdog status. The paper does not justify the crime that is committed by Balram to become a successful entrepreneur, but problematizes the notion of violence that is being perpetrated on the Indian underdogs which forces them to live an inhuman life in their rooster coop and eventually perish to the oppressive injustices perpetrated on them time and again.
Tara Negi. ‘Rags to riches’ narrative with a twist: A critical reflection on aravind adiga’s The white tiger. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2021, Pages 44-46