Debora Y. Fonteneau, Ph.D.
November 7, 2012
Analysis of Slumdog Millionaire
The film I watched was Slumdog Millionaire on October 29, 2012. The film was released in 2008 directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan; produced by Paul Smith and Tessa Ross. Adapted from the novel Q&A written by Vikas Swarup. This film depicts the life of three unfortunate children growing up as Slumdogs in modern day Mumbai, India; we see the violence, poverty and religious conflicts unfold as they maneuver through life. The main characters a young Jamal and Salim Malik, are two brothers growing up in the slums of Mumbai. Forced to grow up at a very young age, their life changed when an attack was carried out on their small village which resulted in the loss of their mother. Orphaned the two brothers were made to grow up in a society which oppressed them for reasons they could not grasp. The Hindu caste system affected the upbringing and imposed unfavorable experiences on the unfortunate youth. This comparison will depict the moral message of the film as it relates to Jamal’s participation of a popular game show in his native country. The Hindu caste system enforces society to a specific organization which derives from the ancient Vedic’s philosophy and beliefs. A caste can be defined as ones social status or class. The Hindu caste system recognized four distinct divisions among people based on the standards and upheld it through a rigid code of conduct that was distinctive to each and rooted in the dharmashastras. The head of the social order are the Brahmins or the society’s high priests, leaders, and religious authorities. They are the middle men between gods and men. Next in rank are the Kshatriyas , who are considered the warrior class commanded by tradition to protect the people. Beneath the Kshatriyas are the Vaishyas , they are the merchants and traders. The final class are the Shudras, these are the laborers and whose only duty
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