Balram's Moral Code Analysis

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Balram justifies murdering Ashok in order to live as a man and escape the destiny that the Indian jungle had planned for him. The people of India or either living luxurious lives or barely surviving in the slums. Balram is determined to rise in the ranks no matter what the consequences. Balram tells his granny,"I can 't live the rest of my life in a cage"(239). He does not regret his actions once his eyes are open to the injustices in his life. He will commit one murder if he can become a free man.

The quest to break free from the life that was planned for him by his grandmother and society begins when Balram is young. He is praised for his intellect and called by the school inspector a white tiger, "the rarest of animals -- the creature
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India is so correct and living by jungle rules that, "you can 't expect a man in a dung heap to smell sweat"(28). Balram 's moral code is a product of his corrupt surroundings. Balram realises that without the caste system there are only two castes being the wealthy and the poor. He is going to take action to propel himself into the top caste. He comments about India that, "People in this country are still waiting for the war of their freedom to come from somewhere else .... That will never happen. Every man must make his own Benaras"(261). It is up to the individual to make his destiny happen. In the jungle law of India it is the cleverest who rise to the top not only the educated. Balram justifies killing Ashok as he was, "weak, helpless, absent-minded, and completely unprotected by the usual instincts that run in the blood of a landlord"(120). The Mongoose has left Ashok the only master in charge of Balram and Balram sees his opportunity to take advantage of Ashok the …show more content…
The murder of Ashok and the stealing of his money has given Balram the opportunity to live as he wants. He has risen to the top and those who work for him have benefitted from his murder. Balram is a, "Master of drivers. I don 't treat them like servants -- I don 't slap, or bully, or mock anyone"(259). He is a good boss and is more suited to be a leader than Ashok. The way he lives his life in the Light and does not dehumanise his workers is proof of this.

Balram feels that he is justified in murdering Ashok, a weak man in order to free himself a better man. He is a rare white tiger that should not be caged. His act was survival of the fittest. Balrsm writes Jiabao,
"But isn 't it likely that everyone who counts in this world, including our prime minister (including you, Mr. Jiabao), has killed someone or other on their way to the top"(273)? Balrsm ends his story confessing,
"I 'll never say I made a mistake that night in Delhi when I slit my master 's throat. I 'll say it was all worthwhile to know, just for a day, just for an hour, just for a minute, what it means to be

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