I am Malalaby Malala YousafzaiThis nonfiction book is about a young girl who grew up in Pakistan and fought for women's education rights. Pakistan was and still is a place where women aren't given as much privilege as men are, and Malala was a girl who wanted to change that. When she was born, her father knew she was special and all throughout her life he supported her and all of her choices. She went to many campaigns for girls rights. One day on her way home from school, a member of the Taliban shot her in the head in an attempt to murder her for the things she was standing up for. She was brought to a hospital in Birmingham, where the bullet was removed from her head. She was successfully saved from the fatal blow, and after her recovery she continued to be a women's rights activist. She became a worldwide inspiration to many and even won a Nobel Piece Prize at the age of 17 for her activism and bravery.
I am Rohul Amin, Ziauddin's father.
I am Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala's father
I am Malala
I am Tor Pekai Yousafzai, Malala's mother
I am Safina, one of Malala's friends
I am the Taliban member who shot Malala
Rohul Amin was a very strict father who liked to stick to the rules of their culture. Ziauddin was always afraid of his father because he used to make fun of the stutter he had as a child. Ziauddin eventually became a great speaker by speaking written speeches in front of audiences. When he became older, he met Malala's mother who was very beautiful. Since he was a very dark toned man, a trait that was least desirable in Pakistan, he was very happy to meet a women who would be with him. When they had their daughter Malala, Ziauddin added her name to a chart only for males. She was very special to him and wanted her to succeed just like any boy would. When Malala grew up, one of the friends she met was Safina. Safina played an important role in Malala's character development, because it was when she met her that Malala began to steal. She would steal things from Safina's house, but once she was caught she felt so much guilt that she vowed to always be honest. Malala wanted nothing more than to make her father proud. Malala became more mature because of this. There are a lot of other minor characters in Malala's book like her brothers who were of course treated better, her classmates who went to school with her, the public figures who inspired her to be an advocate, and last and certainly least, the member of the Taliban who shot her. He was among the many who thought girls should not have more rights than they already do. Malala however changed that.
I live in a beautiful Swat Valley in Pakistan. The city is called Mingora. It's the largest city in Swat. Here, men and boys are expected to go out to work and school while women are expected to stay at home cooking and cleaning. My father owns a school here, but I went to a high school specially for girls. It was very looked down upon.
Laden-heavily loaded or weighed down (pg. 105)Borehole- a deep, narrow hole made in the ground, especially to locate water or oil (pg. 145)
"If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?" (pg. 142)This quotes just screams "girl power" and I love it for that reason. Men can make mistakes and mess things up, but as soon as a girl wants to try and take charge, she's shut down. This quote is Malala saying that girls have the power to not only change the world, but fix the mistakes that men have already made. "“Let us pick up our books and our pens,” I said. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”" (pg. 310) This quote really sums up everything that Malala stands for. The power in education is endless, which is why Malala fought so hard for women to be able to have it.
Malala's story isn't just about herself. She includes every person in her life and many situations in her life that developed her as a person. She takes the time to describe the little situations and the lessons that she has learned along the way. This book isn't only a story about Malala's life, but it tells the ongoing tragedies that happen in Middle Eastern countries all the time. Malala is extremely brave for wanting to challenge the social norms of her society and fight for women's education rights. Her telling her story and piecing together all of the life events that led up to her near death experience is truly inspiring. She urges young women to go against the norm and be who they want to be in life. To this day she is one of my biggest inspirations.