Colonialism In The White Tiger

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Chinua Achebe, a world-renowned Nigerian novelist, poet and professor, was born in 1930 and died in 2013. Hailing from southern Nigeria, Achebe wrote one of his most popular novels, Things Fall Apart, in 1958 focusing on the Ibo tribe; their traditions, rituals and ill-fated colonisation by the Christian British. With this novel, Achebe proves that "their societies were not mindless but frequently had a philosophy of great depth and value and beauty, that they had poetry and, above all, they had dignity." It is also important to note that the allegories and symbols Achebe uses in the novel are significant to the Ibo tribe as the stories and tales transferred were mainly done orally. This adds to their noteworthiness in the Nigerian culture to understand the complexity of the people and their rich history, which has been passed down to numerous generations. The White Tiger’s author, Aravind Adiga, is an Indian-born author and journalist who published his Booker Prize winning novel in 2008 with an “attempt to catch the voice of the men you meet as you travel through India — the voice of the colossal underclass.” Adiga wrote The White Tiger in hopes to record the “continuous murmur or growl beneath middle-class life in India” . Adiga portrays the nearly impossible ascent towards the higher classes of India 's social ladder through the story of Balram 's journey as he steals, murders and bribes his way into becoming a successful entrepreneur. The novel incorporates dark
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