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Dymon Bailey

I Am Malala

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“Education is education. We should learn everything and then choose which path to follow." Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.”

Education is something everyone should be able to experience and when they do they have to the right to choose what path to take. The right to have education should not be taken from anyone.

“My father was convinced the Taliban would hunt him down and kill him, but he again refused security from the police. ‘If you go around with a lot of security the Taliban will use Kalashnikovs or suicide bombers and more people will be killed,’ he said. ‘At least I’ll be killed alone.'”

Her dad knew the consequences of the situation, and didn’t want to involve any innocent lives in it for protection. He’d rather have his life taken then a whole neighborhood.

“I told myself, Malala, you have already faced death. This is your second life. Don't be afraid — if you are afraid, you can't move forward.”

When you go through something traumatic nothing is impossible for you. You realize life is short and while you still have the time on this earth you should accomplish everything you were born to do.

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

Some people don’t speak up for what they believe in because they are scared. But when they permanently can’t and try to say something it’s too late. Now there voice can’t be heard.

“I don’t want to be thought of as the ‘girl who was shot by the Taliban’ but the ‘girl who fought for education. This is the cause to which I want to devote my life.”

When something tragic happens to you, that seems to be what all people remember or think about. Malala wants to be known for making a difference and for standing up in what she believes in.

“When someone takes away your pens you realize quite how important education is.”

Some people don't value education as much as others until you don't have access to it anymore you start to realize how it important it was and you shouldn't have taken it for granted.

“We human beings don’t realize how great God is. He has given us an extraordinary brain and a sensitive loving heart. He has blessed us with two lips to talk and express our feelings, two eyes which see a world of colors and beauty, two feet which walk on the road of life, two hands to work for us, a nose which smells the beauty of fragrance, and two ears to hear the words of love.”

Humans are blessed with different tools that can be used. Why have these tools if you can’t use them? The world should be a great place to live in not a place where you’re trying to get away from.

Thematically Speaking

Malala is an icon, renowned for her support for education and women’s rights. As a result, one of the most prominent themes in I Am Malala is the theme of fame itself: how heroes and role models, known by millions of people they’ve never met, can contribute to change or distract from it. Malala in her own words “Was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children.” Malala lives in a society in which women are treated as inferior beings without the right to an education. Malala is raised with the idea that education is vital to her future, and she holds to that hope even when her life is threatened because of her stand on the subject. Malala is so determined to continue her education that she sneaks to school, hiding her books and pretending to be younger than she really is. She feels as though “If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?”

Best Seller

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban is an autobiography written by Malala Yousafzai, with the help of Christina Lamb, a five-time Foreign Correspondent of the Year. I Am Malala is a remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. Malala begins her story as a young girl who lives in Pakistan in modern times. As a teenager, Malala becomes very outspoken about the rights of girls to have an education. Her willingness to stand up for this belief makes her a target for the Taliban, a religious group that has very different ideas about the roles of women in Pakistan society. One day, on the way home from school, Malala is shot in the head. The bullet doesn’t kill her but goes in near her eye. This young activist has fought an inspirational battle for girls’ education rights in Pakistan. Malala’s unwavering support for the important principles of liberty, democracy and freedom has inspired many people. She has also become a prime target for radical extremists and terrorist groups, and put her life in great jeopardy. That’s what makes her autobiography, “I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban,” so compelling. It’s a brave girl’s tale in an unsafe country, and it reveals her fierce determination to make the world a better place. I recommend this book to teenagers an adults. Because of it being a true story, it is a little more frightening and can get very violent and gory. I Am Malala will be sure to inspire empathy and understanding.

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