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message 1: by John (last edited Jun 01, 2017 02:31AM) (new) - added it

John Seymour 5. Balram blames the culture of servitude in India for the stark contrasts between the Light and the Darkness and the antiquated mind set that slows change. Discuss his rooster coop analogy and the role of religion, the political system, and family life in perpetuating this culture. What do you make of the couplet Balram repeats to himself: "I was looking for the key for years / but the door was always open"?

Kristel (kristelh) | 3820 comments Mod
Rooster Coop; if you are in the coop, you are trapped and there is no escape. Most people remain in their caste and poor. To break free would be to have freedom and power. Balram wants to climb out of his poverty and to have this freedom.

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Pip | 1304 comments Balram uses the analogy of the Rooster Coop to describe how Indians are trapped in their caste. Hinduism teaches one to accept the position one finds in life and work faithfully in the hope of reincarnation to a better position next time. The family is also demanding and all-consuming. The political system is run by the elite who have a vested interest in maintaining the caste system. So all three combine to keep an individual in a Rooster Coop, without thought of escape. Because there is this mindset of servility an individual remains in the Coop, although just thinking about changing one's station shows one the door through which to escape.

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