The White Tiger and Crime and Punishment

Although the narrators in The White Tiger and Crime and Punishment both proclaim themselves murderers in the opening chapters of the books, I thought their narrative, experiences, motives, and outlook were drastically different. Balram seems to accept his amorality as the only way to escape the chicken coop. In this way his motivation is clear. On the other hand, Raskolnikov, the narrator in Crime and Punishment, seems like a product of society and is unable to grapple with his crime. While Balram feels he has escaped the chicken coop and his murder was justified, Raskolnikov can’t find meaning in his murder or in his life and ultimately becomes a slave to the systems set up by society when he turns himself into the police. Balram is able to escape and eventually navigate and profit from the corrupt systems in India, but Raskolnikov, despite his opportunity to defy the system, falls prey to his own fear of being discovered.


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