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The White Tiger Lesson Plan

Introduction to The White Tiger

The White Tiger is Aravind Adiga's debut novel, published in 2008. The novel won the Man Booker Prize for fiction, making Adiga the fourth Indian-born author and, at age 33, the second-youngest author overall to win the prize. In 2021, a film adaptation of the novel premiered, directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra, and Rajkummar Rao.

The novel explores class inequality in modern India and slyly satirizes the life of an entrepreneur in a rapidly-changing society. The protagonist, Balram, traces the struggle back to Indian Independence in 1947 and the later abolition of the caste system, which guided societal roles for thousands of years. Now, as he sees...

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