Prof. Charn Jagpal
English 111: M3
26 November 2010
When someone is up against a situation that may be dangerous, difficult or life-threatening, they may resort to violence. Violence can be a method of coping or someone’s way of solving their problems. Violence is common in the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” by Vikas Swarup and “Crocodile” by Albert Wendt. They both display the prevailing theme of violence in throughout their works.
Violence is established early on in the novel “Slumdog Millionaire,” when two brothers Jamal and Salim Malik are very young. Living in the slums of India, families are prone to violence. Jamal and Salim grew up seeing violence because of where they lived, and became used to it. They had been born into absolute poverty and at such a young age had no way out. Violence comes into play when the Bombay riots occur and the result is the murder of the boy’s mother and the murders of many others. At this point the boys are all alone; they only had a mother so now they have to survive on their own. You can see from the movie that people in Mumbai are not afraid to use authority. If the people feel like they are more superior or upper class that they have the right to treat the lower class with little respect. For instance when the boys are late for school the teacher had no problem hitting Jamal on top of the head with a book, he treats him as if he is his own child.