International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 8, Part F (2015)
The Subaltern Can Speak: A Study of Arvind Adiga’s The White Tiger
This paper offers a study of the postcolonial issues- power, violence, justice, and resistance in Arvind Adiga’s novel The White Tiger. Through the character of Balram Halwai Adiga projects the plight of the lower class people of India and the resistance they need to register for survival. Balram’s journey from a poverty-stricken villager to a respectable businessman epitomizes the rise of the subalterns and the subversion of social, economic and political structure. He realized that to get emancipation from the age-old traps of class and caste in Indian socio-economic fabric one must rebel and assert his or her subjectivity. Balram serves as the mouthpiece of the subaltern people who have never been allowed to speak. Balram speaks and gives voice to the voiceless through his act of self-actualization. Adiga deconstructs the discourse of power, justice and resistance in the novel that earned him the booker prize (2008).
How to cite this article:
Sankha Maji. The Subaltern Can Speak: A Study of Arvind Adiga’s The White Tiger. International Journal of Applied Research. 2015; 1(8): 351-352.