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The entire narrative is structured to reveal the experiences in Jamal’s past which led to his attaining the knowledge allowing his to correctly answer the questions posed by the TV quiz show on which he appears as a contestant. The complexities of this relationship between what was has experience and the knowledge it provides is centered in the divergent paths taken by Jamal and his older brother. Although a number of the circumstances and events leading to Jamal’s learning the right information to allow him to win were shared with his brother, there is little question that were Salim sitting in the contestant’s seat, the tension would be short-lived indeed. Experience and the knowledge it provides work in tandem and the relationship is static and unchanging. The specifics of what two people undergoing the same experience at the same time learn and can recall is the alchemical magic that makes the whole thing work toward a purpose.
The flashbacks to when the brothers were kids reveals a close familial bond between Jamal and Salim, but it also becomes clear that they setting off on two very different moral and ethical paths. Those experiences in the past equipped Jamal with the knowledge necessary to discover and embrace a strong moral center lacking his wayward brother. Indeed, Salim’s life has spiraled into a shady and not exactly ambiguously moral environment that seems to offer little hope of atoning for his mistakes and finding redemption. That he does so further cements the movie’s overarching theme that wisdom is evolutionary and given the right set of circumstances, it is never too late to learn.
Luck is sometimes referred to as the “residue of design” but that metaphor is equally appropriate for describing how free will operates in a universe clearly functioning due to the mechanics of fate. Fate is this sense is merely an easily understood term for describing how human intervention has mandated that the lives everybody are predetermined to a certain extent by virtue of where they live, who their parents, the culture they belong to and the moral and spiritual beliefs they share. Fate in this sense means that it was highly unlikely—no matter what knowledge he gained from his experiences—that Jamal was ever going wind up as Prime Minister of India. Of course, it is equally true that it was highly unlikely he would become a millionaire. Worth special notice is that this dream is realized not simply because his experience provided him with the knowledge he needed to correctly answer the questions, but because had exercised his free will to manipulate the fate which had been designed for him. The residue of having survive that design was cannot be dismissed as the luck of being in the right place at the right time. Jamal had made decisions in his life wisely enough to allow him to be in the right place at the right time.
Essay on Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire"
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Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle
There seems to be en everlasting conflict between science, and between faith. Man has always chosen between the two, giving the world great leaders of science, and great leaders of faith. In Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, the viewer is thrusted into an ultimate tale of destiny versus coincidence. A young man who has made it onto the popular game show, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” is shown being questioned by the authorities, who refuse to believe that this young man, who has been brought up from the slums and forced into a world of poverty and violence, can simply know all the answers. They accuse him of being a cheat, and a liar. Throughout the story the viewers are shown, through…show more content…
When Latika is introduced to Jamal and Salim, the audience is shown an image of her, standing in the rain, all alone. The use of water in that scene seems to be a symbolic reawakening of sorts, and in that reawakening, the viewer is shown the harshness and severeness of these children’s situation. There’s no pity, or a simple discarding of their issues. Jamal, Latika, and Salim all have to fight for their lives, for their freedom, and more importantly to achieve their one true destiny, which in the end, varies vastly in the final act of the film.
Throughout the story, the viewers are shown an abundance of shots of bare feet. For instance, in the opening scene, where Jamal is being tortured by the police, the viewer is shown a quick shot of Jamal’s feet, as he dangles helplessly from the ceiling, his arms tied above his head. Another shot involving characters feet is when Salim is shown stealing shoes for the first time. The viewer is momentarily shown Salim’s feet as they slip into the pair of sneakers. One last usage of feet is when Salim, now much older, begins to pray before he goes to commit his ‘hit’. When praying in India, many of their religions involve the removing of shoes, and while they pray, they are known to do so in bare feet. A barefoot itself is symbolic. It is symbolic of birth, and it is symbolic of a cleanse. Salim cleanses his soul before he goes to complete his