The White Tiger Short Essay - Answer Key

Aravind Adiga
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1. Where is Bangalore located? What is the significance of this setting in The White Tiger?

This city in Southern India is the community in which Balram begins and ends his story: the present day narrative framework of the novel is set here, the city in which Balram took refuge / hid in the aftermath of Mr. Ashok's death. Bangalore is where he started his business, put all his entrepreneurial skills and experience into action, and made a new life for himself.

2. What essential exposition is introduced by the author in "The First Night"?

As this first section introduces the novel’s central character, protagonist, and narrator (Balram), it also introduces several of its key themes: its exploration, or rather Balram’s exploration, of the nature of entrepreneurship; and its metaphoric comparisons of the relative values of Light and Dark, manifest here in the reference to his chandelier and his home village.

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