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Hero's Journey Comparison

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1. Home 2. Call to Adventure 3. Helpers Miriam
Thompson Malala
Yousafzai Hero's Journey Comparison: Miriam Thompson and Malala Yousafzai By: Cara Adensamer, Ella Berger, Andrew Black, Claire Henry and Hallie Shaw 4. Crossing the Threshold 5. Tests 7. Flight 8. Return 9. Elixir 6. Climax / Final Battle The End Bibliography Conclusion LOLCATS ARE GOOD In conclusion, the stories of Malala Yousafzai and Miriam Thompson have both similarities and differences in the aspects of the challenges they face and how they overcome them. Malala got lots of publicity for her plights and Miriam was only a drop in the bucket of the fight against racism; yet they both earned what they needed to support their causes. This is how we compare the stories of Malala and Miriam; although different, they are both heroes in their own way. This project shows how the stories of Malala Yousafzai, a young noble peace prize nominee and education and women's right's activist, and Miriam Thompson, a fictional mother and African-American rights supporter, entwine. Each goes through the different stages of a hero's journey where their steps can be compared against one another's. Though there are the differences of time, age, location, and cause; the similarities are equally numerous. Introduction Swat Valley,
Pakistan Montgomery,
Alabama ANDREW WUZ HEER Brenner, Mary. "Malala Yousafzai: The 15-Year-Old Pakistani Girl Who Wanted More from Her Country ." [http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2013/04/malala-yousafzai-pakistan-profile] April 8, 2013.

" Malala Yousafzai foundation makes first grant ." [http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/05/malalala-yousafzai-girls-schooling-fund] April 4, 2013.


The Long Walk Home (1990). [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100046/] April 4, 2013.

Williamson, Lisa Ann. "Don’t Let Malala Yousafzai’s Voice Be Silenced." [http://www.tolerance.org/blog/don-t-let-malala-yousafzai-s-voice-be-silenced] April 8, 2013. The critical moment when the final battle occurs. After accomplishing their mission in the final battle, the hero returns to the normal world and crosses the threshold once again. The prize, knowledge or power that was received in the climax and put to use. Malala's final battle is when she got shot in the head by the Taliban on a bus on her way back from school on October 9th, 2012. The climax in Miriam's story is when she refuses to do what the caucasian people want her to do and she stands up for the African-American people in the car pool lot. Definition: Miriam: Malala: Malala's flight occurs when she gets taken to a hospital in Peshawar and survives despite her severe head and neck wounds. Miriam's flight happens when she walks off the car pool lot, holding her daughter and singing with the African-American people. Definition: Miriam: Malala: Malala's elixir is that she has become an icon for women's rights and education all over the world. In addition to this, she has also started a fund in her name to raise money for education. Miriam's elixir is that she helped to give the African-American people in her town a voice. She helped people stop and stand up to racism. Definition: Miriam: Malala: Crossing the threshold is one of the most important parts in a hero’s journey. Without this point the hero will never begin their adventure, will never make decisions that could affect the story later on. Whether the hero goes willingly or by force; whether the threshold is magical, political, or even a figment of the hero’s mind, it is a critical moment in the story. In both Malala’s and Miriam’s stories they chose to cross the borderline on their own. They choose this because of the social injustices they recognise in their town and in the world.

Malala is battling against oppression of women who aren’t allowed to go to school. Without education, women are left illiterate and therefore have no chance at a good job and better life. Malala saw girl’s schools being bombed and learning becoming banned for girls. Malala couldn’t fight against the Taliban soldiers with force but she could fight against them with words. Malala started a blog in early 2009 that detailed her life and exposed the wrongdoings of the Taliban. The day she began that blog was the day she crossed the threshold from a regular Pakistani girl to an education activist.

Miriam battled against racism in the form of not allowing black people to ride the bus. Although her efforts were not as known worldwide as Malala’s; Miriam still stood up for something she believed in, even when the stakes included family and public shame. An upset instigated by Rosa Parks caused bus riding for black people to be risky and in some cases illegal. Miriam started first by chauffeuring her maid to work (against her husband’s wishes) and then continued to help carpool all the transportation-less, black workers in car lots. She did this not only to help the workers but to support the boycott. When Miriam decided to put her values into action, she crossed the threshold from housewife into black people’s rights supporter. Crossing the Threshold 814672 The elixir is one of the most important parts of a hero’s journey; it is the gift acquired at the end of his or her struggles. In the hero’s journey of Malala Yousafzai and Miriam Thompson, the elixirs share many similarities, yet are different in the changes they effect in the world. Both heroes were the first to take a stand for their particular causes. Through their support, they inspired people by giving hope and a voice that they desperately needed. This is apparent when Miriam’s daughter says in reference to her mother standing with the African-American people, “it would be years until I understood what standing in that line meant to my mother”. This suggests the significance of the new beginning as a result of Miriam’s elixir. Despite their similarities, Malala and Miriam’s elixirs are also very different. Miriam helped stop the oppression of the voice-less African-Americans, whereas Malala helped give education and rights to the equally mistreated women and children in Pakistan. While Miriam was merely one of many to fight segregation, Malala attained publicity on her own. This is demonstrated when the editor of TIME’s magazine said “she is now a symbol of the struggle for women’s rights all over the world.” Miriam’s efforts helped make an equally impactful change, starting in her Alabama town and eventually influencing the state and entire country. Malala Yousafzai and Miriam Thompson made beneficial changes with similarities and differences. As a result of their elixirs, they have been able to leave a mark on the world that will continue to improve the lives of millions. Elixir 796263 Bibliography "Interactive Timeline: Malala Yousafzai’s Extraordinary Journey."
[http://poy.time.com/2012/12/19/interactive-timeline-malala-yousafzai] April 12, 2013.

The Long Walk Home (1990) starring Whoopie Goldberg 11/11 (2010)
April 12, 2013. (link turned into video) The environment that the hero grew up in or lived in at the time of the journey. It is the society that shaped the hero’s morale and lifestyle. The point in the journey when the hero realizes a problem and feels almost a beckoning to it. The first cries of help are heard and the hero is destined to answer them. Before their adventure, the hero needs some guidance or support; this is given by the helpers.The helper accompanies and aids the hero on the journey and typically serves as a steady companion. When the hero has to return to their normal life, but has the benefit of the elixir. The climax is the point in the story with the greatest intensity because this is when the final battle occurs. Although Malala Yousafzai and Miriam Thompson have very different stories, they are both heroes in their own way. Malala lived in Swat Valley, Pakistan and attended public school. When the Taliban banned girls from going to school in 2009 tried to talk publicly about how girls in her community lived. In 2012 when they thought it was safe, Malala returned to her schooling. The climax in her story happened on October 9th 2102. On her way back from school, the Taliban attacked the bus Malala was on and she was shot in the neck and head.

Miriam Thompson from Montgomery, Alabama was raised in a place where African-American people were looked down. Miriam thought this was wrong but she was afraid to stand up and tell people. When black people started the bus boycott, people starting volunteering to car pool to help drive people who did not have cars. Miriam wanted to help but her husband did not allow her. Determined to do the right thing, Miriam joined the car pool behind her husbands back. The final battle in her story is when a fight breaks out in the parking lot when Miriam’s husband finds out that she has been helping the black people. Everyone is shocked when Miriam joins the black people and starts singing with them, proving everyone wrong.

Works Cited
"Malala Yousafzai Biography ~ Malala Yousafzai's Blog." Malala Yousafzai's Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2013. <http://www.malala-yousafzai.com/2012/10/malala-yousafzai-biography.html>. Climax 792477 Malala has not yet returned to her home in Pakistan, but she has returned to her schooling. There is no return in Miriam's journey. Definition: Miriam: Malala: Malala was encouraged by her father Ziauddin, who is an education activist himself. He nurtured her love for politics and rights. In addition to her father, she was also aided by all of the girls who followed and read her blog. These girls let Malala know that she was not alone, and encouraged her to keep going. Miriam's helper was her daughter Mary-Catherine, because she never doubted her mother and always stuck with her; trying to learn right from wrong . She was also a constant, non-judgemental support. Definition: Miriam: Malala: Miriam noticed the racism in her husband’s friends and the policeman and chose to be against it. Definition: Miriam: Malala grew up in Mingora, a small town in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, where the people and education are constantly oppressed and rights for women are especially sparse. Miriam grew up in Montgomery, Alabama where her home and family thrived, along with racism. Definition: Miriam: Malala: Montgomery, Alabama Mingora, Pakistan Malala's call to adventure occured when girls in her country were banned from going to school. This problem tied closely to her. Malala: Mary-Catherine, Miriam's daughter Ziauddin, Malala's father Crossing the threshold occurs when the hero must withstand an ordeal to pass from the everyday world to the world of adventure. In The long walk home, a film directed by Richard Pearce, Miriam Thompsons call to adventure occurs when her child and Odessa, are rudely forced out of a public park by a policeman, simply because Odessa is black. This is shown when the policeman refers to the park as a “whites only” place, and shortly after tells Odessa to “get on out of here”.Upon hearing of the situation, Miriam calls the police department, and demands an apology to be given to Odessa. This is Miriam’s call to adventure because it gives her an opportunity to stand up for what she believes in, and makes her realize that not everyone in her society is treated fairly, although they should be.Malala’s call to adventure arises in the Pakistan Swat-Valley, in 2009, when the Taliban shuts down her school. The Taliban wanted to shut down any schools that educated girls, for they perceived it to be “un-Islamic” states “the guardian”. Malala’s life long dream is to become a doctor, but she knew that this would not be possible if she didn’t speak out and continue her education. This is her call to adventure because being deprived of her education is what leads her to begin her journey of being a female rights activist. Call to Adventure 808777 "Don't Let Malala Yousafzai's Voice Be Silenced." Teaching Tolerance. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2013.Hanif, Mohammed. "The Taliban's Main Fear Is Not Drones but Educated Girls." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 04 Nov. 2012. Web. 14 Apr. 2013. Bibliography The hero travels through the world of adventure where he or she must complete a series of tests. Miriam crosses the threshold when she begins to give Odessa a ride to work twice a week, despite the bus boycott. Malala crosses the threshold when she starts to write a blog anonymously, which inspires other girls to speak out. Definition: Miriam: Malala: The main test that Miriam encounters is when her husband forbids her from giving Odessa rides to work anymore, however she disobeys him. The biggest tests that Malala faced were the risks of standing up for what she believed in. She persevered and continued to take a stand. Definition: Miriam: Malala: Andrewubermarmot@gmail.com Flight 808637
In The movie, “The long walk home”, and Malala Yousafzai’s Journey, both of these heroes or stories include a flight. A flight in a literary sense is when the hero in a work, Accomplishes the mission they have traveled to achieve, learns the boon or steals the elixir, and then travels to and prepares to cross the threshold of adventure which usually includes fights between the helpers, the hero and the opposition, or if the elixir was gained without conflict, then this is a stage of travel to the regular world. This is represented in the bus boycott story arc when the African americans eventually take the boon of the non-segregation of buses, faced against the constant oppression and opposition of the majority of the Caucasian people, until eventually they until they return to the threshold of adventure, being the eventual ceasing of most opposition; This is because the hero, Miriam, or her helpers, takes the boon of the government eventually agreeing to the desegregation of buses, this being the objective of the entire mission; Therefore this part of the story is the Flight in this work.

The story of Malala has a flight when she is critically injured from a gunshot wound inflicted by the Taliban, achieving the boon of awareness and pressure to the government, while her flight is when she returns to safety, even though it is not necessarily her home, the danger being to great after the events that occurred. Therefore both of these stories contain a flight, although both of these not being in the absolute literary sense, and Miriam herself is not portrayed returning, and Malala does not return to her home, but both of these stories have what most resembles a flight in their stories.
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