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Discussion question: In the White Tiger by Aravind Adiga how is Balram’s father Vikram different from the other men in the village?

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Balram’s father Vikram is different from the other men in the village in the following ways. Balram tells his teacher that his father is a rickshaw puller (9). I wonder, though, since the novel is told by Balram, should we trust his story? He seems like an unreliable narrator, but I could be wrong. Apparently, Balram's father forgot to name him, so his teacher gives him the name of Balram, the sidekick to the god Krishna (10). The story tells us something about Vikram. It seems that his father had merely called him “munna,” which means boys....

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