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I am Malala
Transcript of I am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
I am Malala
Malala describes the day of her shooting as very ordinary. She says, "I'd already heard the rooster crow at dawn but had fallen back to sleep. I'd already heard the morning call to prayer from the mosque nearby but had managed to hide under my quilt. And I'd pretended not to hear my father wake me up" (Yousafzai 3).
The repetition of the word
gives the reader extra insight and a connection with Malala. It almost acts as a "doorway" into her old life in Pakistan that adds more depth to the image the reader receives. Additionally, the author utilizes one of the many similarities between the author and reader--the sense of hearing that both share--and, in doing so, makes Malala seem much more like a "normal" person. She becomes, in the mind of the reader, someone who experiences things the same way as the rest of the human world instead of just a girl from a faraway land that was shot by the Taliban. Repetition of
also creates a feeling of reality that adds to the situation's significance because it allows the reader to "hear" the same things and events that Malala heard that morning.
The use of contrast creates a stunning impression that leaves the reader startled and encourages them to further consider the passage.
I am Malala
begins with the following: "I come from a country created at midnight. When I almost died, it was just after midday" (Yousfazai 3).
Rhetorical questions act as as way to signify Malala's defiance of the Taliban.
The young men that entered Malala's bus intending to silence her forever asked, "Who is Malala?" In her book, she responds with, "Who is Malala? I am Malala, and this is my story" (Yousafzai 7).
One of the recurring themes throughout the book is Malala's resistance of the Taliban, and the rhetorical question accentuates this fact because it is written in a different format from the surrounding text. It acts as an indication to the reader, even from very early in the book, that this will be an important theme. Additionally, Malala's "answer" to the question about who she is seems to not only be resistance, but also a challenge to the Taliban regime, which signifies to the reader that she is not ready or willing to give up, even after being shot. Furthermore, the question highlights the irony of Malala's situation--the Taliban was trying to silence and prevent her from speaking out, but instead they ended up causing the entire world to sympathize with Malala and her cause.
Parallel Structure in the prologue gives the impression that Malala "knows" two very different lifestyles.
The fact that midnight and midday are such opposites almost causes the reader to double take--the seeming similarity on first sight, but extreme difference upon further inspection really encourages the reader to read the passage again and make sure they fully understand it. This subsequently ensures that this particular sentence is one that is memorable even after finishing the book. Furthermore, the significance of a country being created and a life almost being taken makes for a very powerful opening statement that leaves a forceful impression on the reader while, at the same time, introducing the book.
The author thinks that there are no sounds, especially when compared to Mingora, in her new home, "a calm leafy suburb. No children laughing and yelling. No women downstairs chopping and gossiping with my mother. No men smoking cigarettes and debating politics with my father" (Yousfazai3).
The grammatical similarities of these sentences not only highlights the extreme differences between Malala's two homes; it also implies longing and sadness for the home she left behind. If the author had wanted to imply a love for Birmingham and a great enthusiasm for their move, she probably would have follwed this string of negatives with an overall positive comment about England. However, the absence of this indicates that the Yousafzai family misses their Pakistan home. Additionally, although the longing seems to be present, the passage illustrates their love for Malala--they are willing to leave the country, home, people, and customs they love and have lived with their entire lives in order to keep her safe.