I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb is a powerful book of Malala's life story. This book begins with a beautiful account of her childhood, with fond memories of her home, the gorgeous Swat Valley, in which she lived, and her beloved school. This novel also gives readers insight into the Pashtun culture and daily life. Malala is named after Malalai, a powerful Pashtun woman who changed the face of war with her powerful poetry. Malala's father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, played a significant role in shaping Malala's personality. He went against his cultural tradition and celebrated the birth of his beloved daughter, Malala. Her father is a champion of girls’ education; he is a woman’s rights advocate. He embraces democracy with passion and believes that every child in this world should be educated, especially women. Malala was born in 1997, as her father was struggling to establish his school against a deeply corrupt government and a mufti (a Muslim scholar) who opposed the education of girls. Inspired by her father words, Malala absorbed her father’s ideals and develope...
The book I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai is about a Pakistani girl who loved to go to school. She is known around the world for her activism rights for education and for women, as well as the Taliban assassination attempt. Malala Yousafzai was born in a town called Mingora, from the Swat Valley District in Pakistan. She lives with her father, mother, and two younger brothers. Her father was school owner, that ran a chain of schools called the Kushal Public Schools. Malala was educated there. Her father was known as the school owner and also an educational activist. Malala aspired of becoming a doctor, but her father encouraged her to become a politician. She enjoyed talking about politician, and began talking about educational rights. What triggered her to talk about educational rights were because of the Talibans. The Talibans closed down many schools and forced girls not to go to school. They shut down many private boy schools, but the boys were able to go back to school. The Talibans also destroyed many schools around Pakistan. One day, Malala’s father took her to a local press club where she talked about the Talibans taking away her educational rights. That one speech gave her the attention in newspapers and the television throughout her region. The Talibans then forced every citizen in Mingora to remove their televisions from their homes and follow the street curfews. The Taliban continued destroying schools all around Pakistan. In most cases, there were suicide bombers that threw bombs inside the schools. The Taliban eventually reopened boys’ and girls’ schools. Although, there were restrictions on the girls’ education, where they were only co-educated. The girls only schools remained closed, but weeks later the Taliban lea...
“I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai is a beautiful and hard breaking book at the same time. This book is an autobiography that describes the author childhood and her support on the right for girls to have an education. Through this autobiography, Malala describes the restrictions that are imposed on females in her country. There are many that believe that woman of Pakistan should not be educated in the other hands there are a few that oppose this idea. Malala’s support on education for girls almost cost her life, since she was shot by the Taliban. From a multicultural perspective Malala’s story touches on topics such; culture shock, discrimination within your own culture, oppression, religion, family and woman’s right. Despite the opposition
To me, a hero is someone who can show courage when faced with a problem, who Is able to help others in various ways, someone who gives others who need support the strength to push and go on through life’s difficulties. When one thinks of heroes, names such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and Mother Theresa often come to mind. Not only did these people had a lot of achievements in their lives, but they also left a mark in our world. They have definitely changed the world. When I personally think of two heroes that changed the world’s idea on women I always remember Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai.
“A hero is born among a hundred a wise man is found among a thousand but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand” -Plato. What Plato means is that heroes are rare you don’t see them often or even ever and there are not many of them. For example Malala a teenage girl that believes that education is a basic right . An African American male Martin Luther King Jr spoke out for justice for African Americans. Harriet Tubman or as her disguised name Moses was a african american freedom fighter. A hero is someone that will risk it all for his/hers family, community, and even you. Heroes are brave, dauntless, and are strong physically and mentally.
Stories were being told, except we weren’t sure if they were true. Rumours were spreading about how the Taliban treated people, but time went by and nothing changed. When the world started to fall silent, Malala Yousafzai, with all her courage and strength, spoke up. She has suffered for doing that, but she doesn’t regret it. Every word she says is expressed with concern. She knows that even her small voice, can and has, changed the world. Malala Yousafzai is a young activist from Swat Valley, Pakistan. In my opinion she is one of the most influential people living and that’s why I’m going to talk about her struggle, her accomplishments and what she wants and will try to change until the day she dies.
A hero is many things, but my definition narrows it down to saving people’s lives. I can back this up with many examples of this kind of hero. According to Teen Hero, “Marcos knocked the window screen out and guided the boy out the window and down the ladder” (Teen Hero). This shows that my definition is correct because many people consider Marcos a hero because he was vigilant and saved somebody’s life. In addition, “Veronika Scavacini, an eighth grade student from Reno, Nevada, discusses why she raised funds to help personally deliver Lifestraws to Africa” (TEDx). This suits my hero definition because Veronika
Yousafzai, Malala. I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. New York: Little Brown, 2013.
Joseph Campbell describes the hero’s journey as a quest where the “hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man” (Campbell 7). The heroine’s quest, according to Valerie Estelle Frankel includes “battling through pain and intolerance, through the thorns of adversity, through death and beyond to rescue loved ones” (Frankel 11). Contrary to the hero’s journey, the heroine’s journey focuses on the “culture on the idealization of the masculine” while the hero’s journey focuses on the adventures. In the inspiring autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai represents a heroine because she goes through the stages of the heroine’s journey as she refuses to be silenced and risks death to confront the Taliban on behalf of the young Pakistani girls that are deprived of education. The stages of the journey include the ordinary world, the call to adventure, the supernatural aid, the crossing of the first threshold, the road of trials, the ordeal, death and rebirth, and the return with the elixir.
How are a Pakistani girl and an NYPD Officer similar? Both the Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai and the NYPD Officer, Moira A. Smith have qualities of heroism. But what makes them a hero? Was heroism thrust upon them or did they seek it out? Malala was shot in the head in 2012 because she wanted an education; likewise, Moira risked her life multiple times to save people just because it was her duty. Why does this make them heroic?
The autobiography I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai begins with the scene of young pakistani education and women’s rights activist Malala being shot in the head. Her school bus had been stopped by the Taliban who, after asking which of the girls was Malala, put a bullet into her head. Malala ends the powerful prologue with the words “Who is Malala? I am Malala and this is my story” (9). Malala then rewinds to the story of her birth and how in Pakistan, no one congratulated her parents when she was born because she was a girl. Pakistani culture pushes for the birth of a boy as an islamic majority country. However, her father saw the potential in his daughter as a great leaser and named her after one of the great female leaders in Pakistan- Malalai of Maiwand who inspired the Afghan people, who were losing hope, to spur the army to victory against the British/Indian forces. Malala describes life in Mingora, Swat Valley, Pakistan. She outlines the Indian- Pakistan revolution and the shift of the Pashtun people into the Swat Valley. Malala’s father grew up in Shahpur but struggled to get his education in the town where he met Malala’s mother. They married and his dream of building a school, Khushal Public School, became reality when they moved into Mingora.
Malala Yousafzai released her memoir, I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban in 2013, recounting her struggles as a schoolgirl oppressed by the Taliban while living in Pakistan. For those who may not be familiar with her story, Malala became an undercover correspondent for BBC at the age of 12, writing about her thoughts on the ongoing war and how the Taliban was frightfully forcing the girls in ...
Being shot in the face and seriously injured, did not stop Malala Yousafzai from pursuing her dreams. She did not morally agree with her government’s treatment of women, so she fought for her beliefs. Malala grew up in a rural village in Pakistan and was forced to follow customs she did not believe in. Swat Valley changed to a strictly ruled village with discrimination towards women. Malala created awareness around the world of the situation and stood up for her rights to education. Through Malala Yousafzai’s painful experience with growing up in a dangerous part of Pakistan, she created awareness in hope to regain the rights to educational opportunities for women.
You also don’t have to kill anyone, conquer foreign land, or risk your life to be a hero. Anyone who influences anyone else by saving or helping save his or her lives is a hero. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. changed the lives of millions of people by bringing justice to minorities. Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest heroes, led a nonviolent revolution to free his country.