Native Son

Settings and Their Importance: The White Tiger and Native Son 12th Grade

When writing The White Tiger and Native Son, Aravind Adiga and Richard Wright utilized setting to influence the plot of the novels, by having the stories of their characters happen in very regulated and controlling societies. Their extreme conditions push the protagonists to want to break out of the cycle they’re in and the only way to achieve that, in their opinion, is by doing negative actions and extreme crime. While Balram Halwai is successfully escaping the “Rooster Coop” of Indian society, Bigger Thomas is struggling through the racist community of Chicago during the 1930s.

The White Tiger shapes a visual representation of corruption in Indian society. Electoral fraud is a common practice in India; it is expected of the rich landowners or business owners to give the Great Socialist either money or fingerprints of the people who work for them. The impecunious population doesn’t have a fair say in what goes on in the nation, even though the country is considered democratic. The people are coerced into following the instructions of their bosses: “There was an election coming up, and the tea shop owner had already sold us. He had sold our fingerprints - the inky fingerprints which the illiterate person makes on the ballot...

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