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How And Why Is A Social Group Represented In A Particular Way?

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Social groups involve two or more people who interact with one another, share similar characteristics and collectively have a sense of unity or objective similarity. In the case of Aravind Adiga’s ‘The White Tiger,’ the vast numbers of different social groups are represented in several different ways. Drivers in India are an example of a social group mentioned throughout the novel. Adiga’s interpretation of each driver or group of drivers in the novel are viewed though the eyes of Balram Halwai, the main character of the novel, who goes from living on the streets, to becoming a driver, to developing into an entrepreneur of his own driving company. In the first section of the novel, which ...view middle of the document...

As the novel progresses, Balram’s arrogance becomes gradually visible which makes it ironic that he used to show weakness in front of the drivers in the Darkness. In the case with the Truck driver, Balram begged to be taken away on the truck, similarly he begged random Taxi drivers to teach him how to drive. This shows a clear sign of weakness, however he doesn’t seem ashamed which could be due to the fact that he thinks so highly of them and so urgently wishes to become them that he will plead and do anything to get help. This is also evident in the way Balram betrays Ram Persad, ‘driver number 1,’ of his first paid job as a driver, where Balram was ‘driver number 2.’

In ‘the Light’ of India, where the rich live (like New Delhi in the novel), servants and drivers were viewed differently. In the Darkness, drivers were looked up to and practically praised by the villagers, however in the Light, where Balram thought life would be better and he would feel more important with his higher job ranking, turned out to be the contrary.

The majority of the drivers of the Light were obsessed with reading magazines of servants killing theirs masters and showing off their masters through their new gadgets, or secret life. They are portrayed like this because they are trapped in the ‘wire-mesh cages’ described as “the Rooster...

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