Chandeliers

I think it is important, right off the bat, to blog about the use of chandeliers in the first couple pages of the reading that is due for today. The idea of “darkness” wraps around the use of Balram’s chandeliers. He passes by the talking of his family, which is stresses don’t exist anymore, and goes right on to the chandeliers. Those objects seem to be quite important to him. He writes this story all while sitting under a chandelier, in direct light from that piece of furniture. I know that it’s definitely a symbol regarding the darkness, but I hope to talk more about it in class. I can’t help but wonder why those pieces are so important to him. The chandelier can, yes, literally give light, but maybe it could symbolize some sort of energy or light in Balram’s eyes. The chandelier can symbolize the chance that Balram has to get out of the darkness of India and find his way into the light or wealthier side. Maybe the extravagant nature of the chandeliers is Balram sort of mocking the light (or Adiga mocking the light). I cannot wait to continue reading this narrative because I just hope to find answers.

I also want to write about the line “free people don’t know the value of freedom, that’s the problem” on page 97 (in my text). The line before that may help connect the ideas: “I don’t understand why other people don’t buy chandeliers all the time, and put them up everywhere.” That concept is key to note because he is newly “free” to the environment that he is in. His chandeliers definitely stand for something else, other than just to light the dark at his desk. This may make him feel more valuable to himself. He wants to be part of the light and those lights help do that. But he comes from the darkness, so can that every really leave his mind? Can he ever assimilate into the light, especially with his position of being a servant, and the fact that he comes from the dark? I’ll definitely keep thinking about that as I continue reading.

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