Literary Merit of Slumdog Millionaire

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Slumdog Millionaire, the 2008 Oscar-winning film is largely popular for its exposure of problems and issues within modern-day society. The motion picture illustrates the life of Jamal Malik of Mumbai, India, and his journey in life to be with Latika, a childhood friend. The film shows Jamal as a contestant on the popular hit show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” as well as being questioned at the police station. Flashbacks occur of Jamal’s life with each question asked on the television show and when the detective asks. Slumdog Millionaire is of literary merit because it challenges readers to face the raw, cruel nature of modern-day society and the people living in it. Based on the novel Q&ump;A by Indian author Vikas Swarup, who wrote the novel to show the corruption he was exposed to all his life. Jamal, his older brother, Salim, and Latika are all dubbed ‘slumdogs,’ or poor people that grew up in the slums. A slumdog is comparably the same thing as what Americans know to be a gangster. Jamal and Salim
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course PHIL 22 taught by Professor Gavin during the Spring '09 term at UCLA.

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