Essay about Slumdog Millionaire & David and Goliath

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Ashley Kelley Jeannie Isern English 102 23 April 2015 Disadvantages and Difficulties can be Desirable Disadvantages or misconceptions can be better prophets for success than what we might consider to be the obvious advantage. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell describes that bigger is not necessarily better. Malcolm Gladwell applies this principle among other extensive situations, such as the battlegrounds of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, successful and unsuccessful classrooms, cancer scientists and civil rights leaders. Were as many misconceptions and disadvantages strike young Jamal Malik in the film Slumdog Millionaire. Eighteen year old Jamal answers questions on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and flashbacks…show more content…
The fact is, it wasn’t an unlikely victory after all, for David was a professional with his sling and chose to defeat the giant in an unconventional way. Jamal is arrested under the charges of cheating on the show. As the interrogators ask him about how he answered every question, Jamal tells a story of his life with his brother Salim and Latika He tells about their dangerous adventures, and how each question is related to one of his past experiences (Slumdog Millionaire).“Some of those memories are deeply disturbing. Jamal recounts terrible cruelties from his impoverished childhood: homelessness, torture, prostitution” (Claudia Puig). They misjudged Jamal because he lives in the filthy and overcrowded urban district of Mumbai that is inhabited by very poor people, and assumed he was a cheater. There are many difficulties, but when a person has the persistence to move forward and over achieve, they make their difficulty desirable. “The idea of desirable difficulty suggests that not all difficulties are negative. Being a poor reader is a real obstacle, unless your David Boies and that obstacle turns you into an extraordinary listener, or unless you are Gary Cohn and that obstacle gives you the courage to take chances you would never otherwise have taken” (Gladwell 113). Gladwell specifies “for some small number of people, a parental loss appears to be, ultimately, a desirable difficulty again, not a large number. But there does seem to be a

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