Day 4

The White Tiger Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Explain the metaphor of the rooster coop. How are the servants kept in line? How does Balram associate this with the white tiger?

    In a coop, hens, trapped in cages, watch their compatriots get slaughtered one by one. They know their time too will come, but they do not try to escape. Balram compares this to the underclass folks in India who remain subservient even in the face of opportunities that could improve their lot. Balram believes that it is the Indian family that traps and ties people to the coop. Any poor person who rebels against the status quo risks having their families slaughtered in retaliation. This makes any sort of resistance immoral; the moral path...

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