I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Culture in Swat District

About Swat Valley

  • in northwest pakistan
  • lush green
  • lakes & snow
  • Torwali, Gauri, Gujar, and Pushtun
  • Military Dictatorship

Poverty in Swat Valley

  • Main livelihoods are: agriculture, forests, tourism
  • 12% education for men; 2% for female


  • Muslim
  • The Radical Taliban

Women in Swat Valley

  • Education
  • Celebrate birth of a son
  • Treated as property

Lives Within Swat Valley

  • Men will leave home to work
  • Women do cooking, cleaning, caring for children, etc
  • Depending on family, children may get an education
The story of Malala Yousafzai

Vocabulary Within I Am Malala

She uses Pashto words, italicized
  • this allows the reader to get insight into the culture
  • ex: angrezan, Pashtunwali, Jani Mun, Assaan bash, Hoo she yar, Allah, etc.

Basic Vocabulary

  • Due to country of origin
  • English words typical of England are used

Elements of Voice

Diction: Positive diction, generally informal, gave an intimate feel.

Imagery: Vivid imagery, clear picture of her family members, home life, swat valley, etc.

Details: Lots and lots of clear details that contribute to the plot & imagery.

Language: Not very complex, but lots of adjectives that contributed to imagery.

Syntax: Short and long sentences were present, but there was not a lot of use with semicolons, colons, parentheses, etc. Short sentences conveyed a hardly debatable statement, long sentences for details.

Structure of the Novel


  • each chapter had a new story
  • all stories contributed to her overall theme
  • countless stories emphasized the importance of her topic

Author's Purpose

  • Get her message out
  • Advocate for women's education
  • Speak out for those silenced


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