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Chapter 1-20

SAST 1002 Chapter 1-20: The White Tiger


Department
South Asian Studies
Course Code
SAST 1002
Professor
Richard Mann
Chapter
1-20

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The White Tiger
Possible Exam Essay Questions
There is corruption in India. However, is it necessary for India to work well?
Everywhere in the world has corruption. How does corruption build
Balrams character overtime? (e justifies his behaviour because everyone
does it. )f we all cheated on this exam, would it be okay? (es kind of
desensitized to corruption because it is around him all the time (but we see
people around us breaking the law all the time but do we break the law?) he
kind of acts like he is acted upon and not an agent himself. Is it his genes that
make him bad or his nurture? (e reflects on this, but he doesnt really act on
it. Maybe capitalism just is corrupt and the liberal economy just makes it so
you have more people to bribe to get what you want.
Caste before the British came, everything was very organized by their caste.
When the British left, it was complete chaos. So, they are trying to use their
names to decide what place in society a person sits at. However, this is a
problem because people change their names. This has made some people
believe that they need to be under British control (this is shown in the novel).
Balram feels like he is cheated out of his destiny because now they will only
let him work in teashops because his belly is small where under the rule of
the British, he couldve had his destiny. Democracy can be messy sometimes.
Some things can get messy when people have to make choices. Is Balram free
in this master and servant relationships? In one part of the novel Balram is
beat and the master says that he needs to beat Balram because thats what
makes him respect the master. We should only believe bits of whats being
told because Balram is bias as a servant. He kind of uses a father and son
relationship between Balram and his master. The family analogy might sound
good and cozy, but it has a downside to it because Balram will be a child
forever. This may mean that he wont have a family of his own. It implies his
master is above him and will always be the higher figure.
The chickens are crammed into a coop and get to watch a butcher cut other
chickens up. Then the butcher throws the guts of the chicken into the coop
with the other chickens. Balram makes a clear point that his master knows
who and where his family is. The coop is self-disciplining. An example of this
is the other servants Balrams own kind make fun of him and discipline
him. The same caste group tells him not to step out of line. All of the chickens
are out of line, but the butcher doesnt need to stop them because the other
chickens keep themselves in line. The idea is, you dont have to discipline
people in jail because they assume they are being watched and they punish
one another if the other does something wrong. The meanest people in the
novel are the entire servant class. Why do this in the novel? This shows that
the caste system is self reserved. These structures create such a problem that
you cant really solve them and it just keeps going. All castes are trapped in
forms of rooster coops. Theoretically, they could all walk out if they wanted
to, but there are many aspects that stop them. We get a sense of generational
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