Date

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

American Studies

First Adviser

Gordon, Scott P.

Abstract

The White Tiger (2008) is a novel by Aravind Adiga that tells the story of an Indian entrepreneur in Bangalore whose rise comes at the expense of many others, some of whom lose their lives as a direct result of his entrepreneurial acts. This thesis examines the novel's critique of entrepreneurship as a way through which the system reproduces itself, challenging the common narratives about entrepreneurship as a means to achieve freedom and independence for the common man. This thesis aligns Balram Halawi, The White Tiger's protagonist, with a tradition of literary entrepreneurs that precedes him, and discusses the nature of entrepreneurship that further exploits the dominated classes through the example his story provides. Balram's alignment with a literary tradition of Western entrepreneurs allows for an analysis of entrepreneurship that goes beyond the spectacle of modern-day India.

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