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What does the title of the movie mean? How does the title and the contrasts within it provide symbolic summary of the film? The title of the movie, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ holds notable different meanings between these two words, ‘slumdog’ and ‘millionaire’ and can be expressed into a variety of meanings, depending on the different views from different kind of thoughts. Basically, the word slumdog itself are actually separated to slums and dog, whereby in the movie, Jamal Malik is referred as the slumdog by the police officer in the earlier part of the movie. This is because in my opinion, the police officer assumes that Jamal is just a poor and uneducated kid, living in the slums of India and won 10 million rupees, so the word ‘dog’ portrays the uneducated and poor condition of Jamal. And based on the Oxford Dictionaries Online, slum means a squalid and overcrowded urban street or district inhabited by very poor people. Hence, this movie focuses on the life of Jamal living in the slums and of course, the life of the poor in India. On the other hand, the word ‘millionaire’ describe the idea of a person who is wealthy and owns a lot of money, which in this case, referred to Jamal as he successfully won 20 million rupees in the show ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’, by answering all the questions given by only using all the experience he had since he was a kid. Based on the Oxford Dictionaries Online, millionaire defines a person whose assets are worth one million pounds or dollars or more. Therefore, the title ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ truly reflects the life of Jamal Malik fraught with hardship and how he sought to obtain a more meaningful life in order not to continue living in poverty besides his determination in pursuing his love for Latika. With the meaning of the title of the movie, it also brings the summary that can be conclude and learned throughout the movie.

In my opinion, things that can be learn throughout the movie and henceforth relate with the title

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