Malala Journey Essay

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Malala’s Journey The adventure of this paper begins with Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell breaks down the journey of a hero. A journey that according to Campbell happens to us, regular people once complete it leaves us with a self actualization of our life and the moments and decisions that helped or hindered us at one point or another. In The Hero with a Thousand Faces the examples of the stages are entailed as part of the journey. Campbell uses religious figures and contemporary tales such as Alice in Wonderland to provide us with the definition of the stages. Campbell’s book also provides what the purpose of the stage are as well a brief description. Malala Yousafzai is a prime example of the hero’s journey.…show more content…
In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell describes stage two as Guidance. In this stage the hero has someone or something that helps the hero along in the journey. This guidance provides the hero with wisdom or a gift to help. The purpose is to assist the hero by providing a way to continue their journey. For some this guidance is either a spiritual voice or being a protective figure. In Malala’s journey this person was her father. He not only inspired Malala to go to school he also saw her potential and encouraged her to always speak up for herself and to be a proud. Her journey would not have been the same had her father not offered that type of support in her journey. He made sure to always provide Malala the support she needed. He opened schools for girls, he also helped Malala to voice her opinion by being the middleman so that she could publish her opinion on the blogs. He taught her how to be an individual in a time and place where it is not okay to be either. Both the Taliban and Muslims do not believe in education for women. Pakistan had fallen to Taliban rule and their fore did not approve of the type of encouragement Malala’s father Ziauddin gave her. He instilled in her three passions that he himself believed in free speech, education and women’s…show more content…
Crossing the Return Threshold:Being born again. For Malala this is a very crucial and important stage in her journey. Campbell writes the purpose of this stage is to convey to the community the wisdom gained from Apotheosis. For Malala this stage gave her the determination to continue speaking out against the Taliban and the desire to silence all women and to take away their rights. Malala strongly believed in her rights, the right to speak up, to go to school and be heard. Malala gave her first speech in September 2008 in Peshawar, Pakistan. Much to the Taliban's surprise. A speech named “ How dare the Taliban take my basic right to education”. Not only had she survived the assassination attempt but she made a full recovery and continued her crusade to speak up for many women that are under the Taliban regime. Malala like many in the journey took her fight for justice to the world. She at the age of 16 gives a speech at the United Nations. She also wrote her autobiography relating her journey so far. From a small town in Pakistan to having the attention of the world, no doubt Malala has been a hero to many. Her community has no doubt benefited from her strength and courage. One of Malala’s quotes serves as a one sentence inspiration, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the
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