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The New Literature

The New LiteratureParmar Dipali K.Roll No: 24Topic: Comparison Of The White Tiger With The Native SonUnit: 3 Arvind Adigas The White TigerM.A. Sem. 4Batch: 2015-17Email Id: dipaliparmar247@gmail.ComDepartment Of English (M.K.B.U.)

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IndexAbout The White TigerAbout The Native SonComparison of the ProtagonistComparison of their CrimeComparison of their Native PlaceConclusion


About The White Tiger The book is written by Arvind Adiga in 2008. His book is 2008 Booker Prize winner novel. The novel describes contemporary Indian Society very deeply and Effectively. The tone of the novel is satirical.

About The Native Son Native Son(1940) is a novel written by African-American authorRichard Wright. It is a Social Protest novel. The novel describes the crime done by its protagonist Bigger. The place which is used here is Chicago.

Comparison of Protagonist Main Characters : Balram Halwai & Bigger Thomas. Born into sharply divided societies where the lower classes struggle in terrible poverty without hope of advancement. Both reflect a Manichean duality of rich/master/powerful and poor/servant/oppressed. Poverty, frustration, hopelessness, and humiliation figure into the complex of causes that result in violent crime. Both Bigger and Balram turn to violence to escape the oppression that threatens their goals for livelihood and manhood. Both men bite the hands that feed them by committing acts of homicide and proves it as an existential act.

Comparision of their Bigger kills Mary Dalton which was accidental where as Balram kills his master Ashok was an act of violence which includes robbery too. Biggers killing of Mary Dalton was accidental. Biggers first crime results from a chain of events: Mary goes to meet her boyfriendShe insist Bigger to socialize and drink with them her boyfriends decision to leave Mary with Bigger although she was completely drunk the temptation of Bigger when he finds himself alone with Mary in her bedroom and begins to kiss her the accidental interruption of Mrs. Dalton, which terrifies Bigger into strangling the girl

Continue If any of these chain would have broken, Mary would not have been killed.Balram commits an act of planned murder to achieve his destiny as an entrepreneur. To become a master rather than a servant, Balram must kill. There is no other way for Balram to break out of the cage. Balrams cold-blooded killing of Ashok follows a period of employment in which he has bonded with his masterin contrast to Bigger, who hardly knew the Daltons. To Ashok, Balram may be stupid as hell but he is honest and therefore should be valued as driver. Just as Mrs. Dalton was physically blind, Ashok, although sighted, is blind to the wheels that are clicking inside Balrams head.

A turning point comes when Pinky Madam runs over a child on a highway while driving drunk, they expect that Balram will take the rap and go to jail loyal as a dog. Ashok loses Balrams affection and respect by becoming like other masters who visit whores and drink too much. After Ashoks new girlfriend urges him to seek a replacement driver, Balram firmly decides to murder his master. He acts murder and the murder weapon was a broken bottle of Johnny Walker Blackthe drink of Indias elite.Continue

Comparison of their Native PlaceBigger Thomas Born in Chicago and grown up in the slum areas. In Biggers Chicago there is an absolute divide between white and black. In Biggers Chicago, blacks remain suppressed as a result of racial oppression and religious passivity. Balram Halwai Born and grown up in Indias little village Lakshmangarh. Balram is born in grinding poverty, in a world known as The Darkness. In Balrams India, it is the family that tightens the wires of the rooster coop.

Conclusion.. Manichean model of power Opposing binaries Voiceless subalterns Homi Bhabhas theory of mimicry Fanons theory that violence is a cleansing force that frees the colonized from their inferiority complex and gives them a measure of self-respect.

Reference Schotland, Sara D. "Breaking out of the rooster coop." JSTORE (2011): 20. pdf.

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