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 compassion towards others is nonexistent, but if one were to truly evaluate both of their standpoints he might discover a surprising glimpse of redemption. At first glance into Salim’s eyes, it may appear that he is all-together a morally corrupt character because he betrays brotherhood, but upon further analysis, he validates his morality by performing the ultimate sacrifice for redemption.
In order to remove one’s façade and become the person he truly sees himself as, one must sacrifice his own desires and aim for salvation. While the road to accomplish this may be rocky, and hasty decisions may cause ruckus, the end product will be worth the troubles. Salim suffers from many of his decisions, but the only person to blame is himself. His rash decisions are the decoration of his façade, and behind all the decorations reveal the main component of his cover-up, his hunger for power. Beyond the first glance, and into the journey to his soul, one can be torn away from his deceitful desires, and into his few, but memorable, selfless actions. If power is extremely important to Salim, then why would he sacrifice it up in order to save his brother in the orphanage? 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...

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