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Exposition: Malala grows up in Swat, Pakistan, in a community where girls are not given the same opportunities as boys, especially in education. "I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain" (Malala, 13). She is very close to her father, who runs a school who supports Malala's education and girls' education. The school remains open although it encounters trouble. Malala is compassionate about girls' rights.
Rising Action: Tension arises when Fazlullah, a leader of the Taliban, starts a radio station that instructs people on the proper way to live and please Allah, including that girls should no go to school. The radio station is very popular and soon the Taliban starts taking over cities and attacking the police. They started attacking civilians too. "The bodies would be dumped in the square at night so that everyone would see them...on their way to work" (Malala 147). Malala, under the name of Gul Makai, started speaking out against them, but soon she was banned from going to school.
Climax: Malala and two other girls are shot on the bus on the way home from school by the Taliban. "I didn't see the two young men step out into the road and bring the van to a sudden halt" (Malala, 241). The Taliban specifically beset Malala because she had militated them.
Falling Action: Malala is taken to the hospital and sedated, and then flown to Peshawar. The whole nation is praying for her, as they recognize her prowess. When the doctors realize that she needs better treatment they send her overseas to England. However, her mother and brothers cannot come with her because of a passport problem. Her father says, "I can't leave my wife and sons alone here" (Malala 269). Her family finally arrive after a long time.
Resolution: Malala and her family live in Birmingham, England. Although the community is much more quiet and reserved, Malala is free and safe to go to school. "We miss everything, even the smelly stream" (Malala 306). Malala and her family are terribly homesick and long for Swat.
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