Slumdog Millionaire: A Broken Mirror Essay

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“The eyes are the mirror of the soul” is an old proverb that possesses a mystifying truth. Often times one can look into another person’s eyes and determine if a person is content or angry, inquisitive or confused, or even reputable or malevolent. A few people, however, can look into a mirror, or even at others, and see someone other than the true person standing in front of him. Salim, a character from the movie Slumdog Millionaire is portrayed as one of the “bad guys,” and rightfully so because of his actions towards his brother, Jamal, and others. Similarly to Salim, Amir, a character from the book The Kite Runner, also betrays his brother multiple times when he is in need of guidance. Most could conclude that both Salim and Amir’s …show more content…
Salim has the opportunity to choose between his power hungry desires or his morals; his actions of are evidence for his decency. He has the opportunity to choose to save himself, gain women and money, and become a “real” man (Slumdog). Instead, he chooses to save Jamal. Even though his decency is not always visible, deep down Salim proves to gain a heart for salvation. Similarly to Salim, Amir surrenders his power when he travels back to Afghanistan. Although he is hesitant at first, he travels to an orphanage seeking deliverance. His journey there is not only for himself, but because “true redemption is when guilt leads to good” (Hosseini 302). Salim, too, feels guilty for his actions or otherwise he would not have saved his brother from danger in order to gain redemption from Jamal, others, and God. During the movie, a viewer witnesses Salim praying. This may seem irrelevant due to his inexcusable actions; while that is true, his search for acquittal from God confirms how he truly views himself. He prays because he knows the difference between right and wrong; therefore, validating his morality. Even though he has a perspective on morality, Salim, more often than not, chooses the ways of the wicked which can confirm his title as a “bad guy.” Even Maman, tells Salim that “[Salim’s] destiny is in [Salim’s] hands. You can be me. Or nobody” (Slumdog). Since Salim choose to save Jamal, he in actuality becomes
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