Recurrent animal imageries: Connecting Paradigm in The White Tiger and life force in the poetic world of AK Ramanujan
Dr. Sonu Lohat
In terms of literary excellence Aravind Adiga and A K Ramanujan share a great deal as both the writers have unchecked obsession with animals and the animal world. The animals of different types and shapes, dreadful as well as friendly species, in the novel of the former and poems of the latter are set to cause the sense of disgust, gloom, death, certain analogies, vitality and even celebration. Snakes, disgusting and nauseating fish at dinner plate, red bony chicken like human flesh, young pigs in slum, tamed mysterious buffaloes, white tiger, gecko, alligators, insects such as wasps and other amphibians--crawl, move and figure in the literary world of both the writers. The concept of animal omnipresence in the vast scheme of their literary craftsmanship has been artistically and symbolically deployed as the connecting force within the structure of the poetry and the narrative. As literary tools these recurrent animal images, their references and allusions serve the purpose of rendering seam and common thread to the texture of The White Tiger; while in case of Ramanujan they constitute the archetypal and mythical poetic base for the proper expression of his nostalgia, fear, and other predicaments.