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I Am Malala
Transcript of I Am Malala
"This is my identity."
The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Monday, March 3, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
Elements of Culture
Elements of Voice
Effects of the Structure of the Novel
Effect of Grammar on the Novel
Malala on Education
DICTION - a combination of informal, neutral, and concrete diction throughout the novel.
This everyday diction makes the audience feel as if Malala is telling the story in a way that sounds as if she made it up as she went along. (The diction that she chose is what is used in everyday conversations.)
IMAGERY - out of all of the different types of imagery, visual imagery is used the most.
DETAILS - full of important and specific details!
LANGUAGE - various metaphors and similes.
These comparisons, allow readers to better understand the events/ideas she chooses to discuss. In fact, Malala begins the book with a metaphor.
SYNTAX - consistent syntax, with mostly periodic sentences.
***TONE - a serious, very matter-of-fact tone throughout the novel.
This tone supports Malala's message by creating a mature and serious mood.
Overall, Malala's voice is one that is very powerful and mature.
Malala uses a variety of sentences on every page.
These sentences give the novel a good flow, as it never becomes too tedious to read; there is not an overuse of the same types of sentences.
"Deep in my heart I [hope] to reach every child who [can] take courage from my words and stand up for his or her rights." (310)
Malala's main purpose for writing this novel is to make people aware of the problems that her country faces -- one being the need for education for girls.
Malala also hopes to inspire others to stand up for the ideas that they believe in.
- (Urdu term) "my brother's wife"
- (Urdu term) "my brother"
jihad - holy war or internal struggle
- a religious student (except the word has now come to mean member of Taliban militant group)
I Am Malala
Yousafzai, Malala, and Christina Lamb. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and
Was Shot by the Taliban. New York, NY: Little, Brown, & Company, 2013. Print.
ABC World News Now : Malala Yousafzai Returns to School. Dir. ABC News. 20 Mar. 2013.
YouTube. Web. 2 Mar. 2013. <http://
Malala Yousafzai: "Why should I have to cover my face? This is my identity." . Dir. The National.
9 Oct. 2013. YouTube. Web. 2 Mar. 2014. <http://
Malala divided the novel into five sections:
Part One: Before the Taliban
Part Two: The Valley of Death
Part Three: Three Bullets, Three Girls
Part Four: Between Life and Death
Part Five: A Second Life
This ordering of the book puts it in chronological order, making it easy for the readers to follow, and easier for them to understand why things are the way they are.
Malala starts the book out with explaining how different her current home in Birmingham, England is from her old home in Swat, Pakistan. She makes it quite obvious that, as anyone else would, she misses her country. At the end of the novel, she says that one day she will definitely return to Pakistan.
Malala never goes in depth over how she adapted to her new life in England, but briefly mentions the new conveniences she did not have in Pakistan.
Malala puts a couple different stereotypes to rest in this book.
barrister - a less common word for lawyer
exchequer - a treasury, as of a state or nation