Greatness is something that can be achieved from sacrificing your needs and will, to make something spectacular happen. Two novels that can represent greatness or reaching an individual set goal can be, The White Tiger and The Glass Castle. Both of these novels have a common theme throughout them that deals with goal setting and greatness. A brief definition of greatness is something that has the perfect touch and and is achieved to the fullest. Both of these novels deal with many ups and downs on the path to their success and their potential. The relation can be made between these stories because each novel has its own significant representation of this theme. Specifically, they both represent a characters life as a journey in search of truth or meaning of their potential, they both represent the strive to the top, and lastly, they both show the balance between one’s individual desires and ones responsibilities that lead to forgiveness. Throughout each novel they resemble the consequences have to face in today’s society and what the reality really is. Both of these novels can also display the maturity of a individual that has to live through a rough and very isolated lifestyle. Greatness is a topic in life that people strive for and make goals and strategies to to reach the ultimate success they want. Having life goals and having reasonable dreams can give people a value to live for everyday. Hard work, dedication, and a demanding mindset can lead people to greatness. The White Tiger greatly represents greatness, and can be considered as a motivational book. In this novel, it shows Balram Halwai’s strive for greatness. This book is told by an Indian author, Aravind Adiga. He writes this book on a young boy who is born and raised in a low class village. Throughout Balram’s younger childhood, he lived a very poor living condition. During his humble beginnings he strived to become a very fortunate and successful entrepreneur. Balram was never given a name early in his childhood, until he pursued his dream to be able to attend a school in his village. Once entering the school system without a birth name his teacher gave him his name, Balram. As Balram started to pursue his dream in school he started to prove himself to be a young intelligent man. After three years of enduring in school, Balram was removed from school to work with his younger sibling. Balram still wanted to be educated, so he progressed with the thought and started to over hear other people’s conversations to self educate himself. As his life proceeded Balram experienced many ups and downs, many failures and consequences he had to face that led him to perseverance in his success. As time went on, Balram ended up owning a taxi company in Bangalore with great success. Balram’s success is well known throughout his country, and he bribed the police to have his company successful and popular. With Balram’s achievements in his young life he is able to cover a fatal car accident, that leads him to the start of an uprising entrepreneurial career. The novel represents great examples of character development and having motivation is the number one source to bank on to stay positive and keep your head up. In the White Tiger the common theme in the story for the young Indian boy is to never give up and don’t let what other people say to you affect you. His ability to strive to be a better human being and individual in his village increased throughout the story. Balram’s consistency throughout the novel is what established him to become the man he always strived to be. Balram states when he is going through struggles, “Please understand, Your Excellency, that india is two countries in one: an India of Light, and an India of darkness. The ocean brings light to my country. Every place on the map of India near the ocean is well off. But the river brings darkness to India-the black river.” (Adiga 12) This shows how Balram reached lowest part in his life in India, and also reached the highest point of his life in India, just at different locations. Balram’s strive to reach the ultimate best is what got him to where he wanted to be and is what give him a successful pathway he can follow for the rest of his life. In early childhood, damaging events what makes childhood worth to live for. It teaches children to learn from their mistakes and use them as learning blocks for the future. In the Glass Castle the main character Jeannette, lives through a very low class life with no money, other than family and love. Jeanette’s mother Rose, told her daughter after she suffered from burns to her body after standing by the stove and hurting badly, “Get right back on the saddle. You can’t live in fear of something as basic as fire.” (Walls 15) In the novel, The Glass Castle, the main character tells her perspective on the struggle of poverty and how she grew up dealing with it. She grew up living a very rough and harsh environment. She was always on the move between homes and the family always struggling for money and food to eat. While living in the desert in the West Coast of America and the winter season approached, the family was struggling to find happiness and something to live for. Wall and her siblings branched off from the desert and decided to depart to New York City to start a new captain of their lives. Wanting to start a new life that has more success and value to it, Wall starts to realize the value of life and what she has to live for. Lori and Jeannette start to have the right mindset and open up to a new and more superior lifestyle. After dealing with the major burns on her body and her mother Rose blowing it away, it resembles how her parents are oblivious and and ignore their own children to focus on themselves and put their children last. With Jeanette’s family growing up with a lack of money, Jeanette tries to get her mom to sell her wedding ring, to gain a valuable amount of income, “But mom, that ring could get us a lot of food.” (Walls 186) This example is portraying how Jeanette is always feeling helpless from her own mother and is evident that her mother Rose, has no intent to start caring for her family, other than her own self. Jeanette realized that her family is struggling but cannot do anything about it. This example of her life, is showing the individuality Jeannette faces on a daily basis, along with the constant struggle of finding a meaning to herself as well as her life ahead of her. This can relate to the comparison novel, the White Tiger due to the fact that both main characters of the book each face the sequence of struggle and desperation while growing up, wanting to strive for a better way to live giving each of them their meaning of life. Just like the White Tiger Balram matures at a young age and turns his life around after becoming a mature individual, and learns from perseverance to lead him to much greater success than he originally started his life off with in the low class village of India. Jeanette throughout the novel matures herself more and more, by using her past experiences to relate them into her new bright future.Like most successful people in the world today, giving back to their past family and friends is always an option. In both novels the White Tiger and the Glass Castle, they both have a common occurance of striving for greatness and reaching the ultimate success they want to live for. Both main characters in each book, Balram and Jeanette, each show a great illustration on achieving greatness and striving for the true meaning of their life. In order to reach your goals, a strong, confident mindset must be shown at all times, no matter good or bad. In both novels, Jeanette and Balram each have their own motivation towards something great, without letting anyone or anything stop them. Even though failure and greatness are upon two of the most hated topics, they are much alike. Failure resembles a learning bump or goal in life that directs you towards the right path to lead you towards your self confidence. Just like in these two novels, Balram faces a failure with school and Jeanette faces failure with finding a connection towards herself and her own family. Both of these characters resembled perseverance towards their failures and used them as a lesson to achieve greatness. In the White Tiger Balram states, “I was looking for the key for years but the doors were always open.” (Adiga) Balram is talking about the pathway to success is always open you just have to have the right mindset and motivation to open up to those new chapters in your life. In the Glass Castle Jeannette starts to question her what her pathway to greatness is gonna look like and if the time will ever come where she reaches the ultimate self confidence she has dreamed of having, “Things usually work out in the end. What if they don’t. That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.” (Walls 98) When she is struggling to find the right mindset or confidence to lead her to a correct path of success. Jeanette feels the experiences of acceptance to a friend group she would not normally be able to experience back at home in the West Coast. She meets a new friend group while living away from home for some people to talk to and rely on, to establish her determination and build up her confidence and spirits. At first Jeannette got denied from joining the friend group, due to the friends groups race, being that they are black and Jeannette is white. Continuing, she is able to gain self confidence and stand up for herself to the friend group, overcoming the situation. With Jeannette overcoming the problem she reflects on her values in life and what she still has to live for. Despite all ups and downs in life, she keeps her head up and remains confident with many goals set in mind. She uses the negative situations that occur in her life as learning goals to improve her mindset for the next position that is put into place. Throughout both novels Jeannette and Balram remained confident and kept their understanding of life in mind at all time. Both novels portray many valuable examples of characters striving for greatness and the ultimate success they want to achieve. Lastly, both the White Tiger and the Glass Castle each represent the idea of giving back and forgiveness. Both Jeanette and Balram represent their former homes or villages in a positive way. They used their relationships with their families when they were younger to establish themselves to become a young and mature individual with lots of inspiring life factors. When life was hard for them and their families were struggling, they could not do anything to help other than pray for the willingness of something inspiring or positive to happen. Once both of them became successful they still had struggling parents and family living the old dissatisfied life they used to be apart of. Jeannette sees her mom picking out of trash cans in the dreadful streets of New York, and Balram seeing his family still constantly struggle, but tends to still neglect them like his parents used to do to him. Jeanette and balram each give back in two different ways, in which they feel is a respectable situation that their loved ones earn. Jeanette’s love for her family still existed, despite all the ups and downs they had. While her father is begging her for money to survive, she is left to pay for her mother while her mother was away, “I was about to tell him the truth for the first time, about to tell him that he will let us down plenty. But then i stopped. I couldn’t do it.” (Walls 210) This portrays how she could not resist on giving her dad money and how she still had a place in her own heart for her loved father after everything they have been through. She realizes that she has to take advantage of her father while he is alive that way he can feel the happiness she feels. She realizes that her father is her number one guy and that he taught her what her value is and portrayed a good father figure, despite all the rough times. In Balram’s case, he never held back and seemed to neglect his family despite his success. After committing a serious crime, Balram likes to stay true to his word, and stay to his own self as a wealthy individual. Balram was never discovered and found for the crime he commited that made him the wealthy and successful person he was, and feels that the crime is what created him into a free man, rather than a servant like he was grown up to be.In conclusion, life can be very uprising and very eventful. Time is everyone’s biggest enemy, and success comes from hard work, motivation, and dedication. Having the positive mindset towards a specific goal or inspiration. Overcoming tough situations and working through adversity is what makes you become a better individual yourself. Failure is a learning block of sacrifice and empathy. When no one can believe that greatness is upon them, nothing intelligent will occur. Persevering from failure is what creates endless opportunities of happiness, success, and maturity. Specifically, they both represent a characters life as a journey in search of truth or meaning of their potential, they both represent the strive to the top, and lastly, they both show the balance between one’s individual desires and ones responsibilities that lead to forgiveness.