For those who have no idea of what life is like in other countries. Malala starts off her essay using powerful imagery. “When i close my eyes i can see my bedroom… I can hear the neighborhood kids playing… i smell rice cooking…” (Yousafzai) Malala superbly Re-creates pakistan the way she remembers it to her audience and how even though it was a poor area they still did normal things such as the United States do. Again we are ignorant to middle eastern living conditions therefore malala must recreate her
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is an empowering and uplifting novel that I am able to relate and take wisdom away from because I have been through similar situations that have helped me gain my own personal perspectives.
The book I am Malala, written by Malala Yousafzai herself, tells the tale of the struggle for education in Pakistan, and countries alike and the voice of one girl that changed the world forever. Malala Yousafzai is a young woman born in 1997 who was born in an area of the world that does not value women, yet alone their education. Malala grew up encouraged to be a woman of independence and intelligence rather than a simple wife, unlike most girls in the Swat Valley. A valley that faces many hardships. Malala was an avid student, but the arrival of the Taliban made education for women even harder to achieve. The Taliban were a religious extremist group that committed terrible acts in the name of their religion and wrongly represented
Malala starts by reminding readers how convenient life is in modern countries, and continues to describe the day she was shot, telling readers about everyone’s reactions and her memories of the day. She presents the question, “Who is Malala?” and proceeds to tell us her story, ending the prologue. Malala Yousafzai was born in the Swat Valley to Toor Pekai and Ziauddin Yousafzai. Malala had noticed gender inequality as a young child. Her father, Ziauddin grew up with an unfortunate stutter. Luckily, his passion about many political topics let him overcome his stutter, especially after memorizing and studying many of his
It began as an ordinary day in Mingora, Pakistan, for a young girl returning home from school on her school bus. Suddenly, a masked gunman rushed into the bus and shouted, “Who is Malala?” Her friends on the bus looked back at her, and in the blink of an eye she was shot on the left side of her face. This incident was the spark that ignited a call for change in education around the world. Malala Yousafzai was the face of this change. She made significant contributions to female education rights by being an education activist and urging children to speak out and fight for their rights. She forever changed the lives of Pakistani girls who today benefit from free education and resources with numerous schools around their country.
“Black life is cheap, but in America black bodies are a natural resource of incomparable value. (Coates, 132)” Reading this statement, I found so much power behind the logic. Ta-Nehisi Coates outlines his life experiences to his son through Between the World and Me, emphasizing childhood lessons, deaths, and the disembodiment of the black community. The most powerful message I received from this book is that the root of all we are taught and have gone through as black people is fear.
As Ta-nehisi Coates wrote to his Samori, he provided a lot of messages that we should always keep in mind or think about. There were many relatable topics that were mentioned through the book such as, learning street law or codes, understanding what to do and how to do things, and more.
In Ta-Nehisi Coates bestselling book, Between the World and Me, he discusses his life's encounters as an African American, and shares his concerns and fears for his race and community. Coates, attended Howard University, he where he became heavily interested in and enlightenment by the courses that supplied him with knowledge about black history. Like Coates, I encountered a strong feeling of fulfillment from being able to learn about my personal history on Howard University's campus. Last semester I took a course entitled "Black Aesthetics", where other students and I researched traditional African culture, and its survival into the African Diaspora post slavery. Through this course I received knowledge of the raw beauty of the transformation
Between the World and Me is a novel written by the writer, educator, and journalist, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Published in 2015, Coates intertwines a series of personal narratives, historical scenes, and profound questions on the topic of race, as he composes a letter to his son. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Between the World and Me, explores Coates’ assessment on the given history/state of America, and its connection to what it means to, “inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it”.
The autobiography I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai begins with the scene of young pakistani education and women’s rights activist Malala being shot in the head. Her school bus had been stopped by the Taliban who, after asking which of the girls was Malala, put a bullet into her head. Malala ends the powerful prologue with the words “Who is Malala? I am Malala and this is my story” (9). Malala then rewinds to the story of her birth and how in Pakistan, no one congratulated her parents when she was born because she was a girl. Pakistani culture pushes for the birth of a boy as an islamic majority country. However, her father saw the potential in his daughter as a great leaser and named her after one of the great female leaders in Pakistan-
This took place in Mingora, a city in the Swat Valley. The Taliban were trying to kill Malala and her whole family. They were also tracking her so they had a target to kill. One challenge was that Malala was getting targeted by the Taliban, every day, an all day. “ This work made her famous throughout Pakistan and around the world. It had also made her a target of the Taliban.(6) This was a challenge because they knew who she was and they knew where she was at. It was also a challenge because when you are getting tracked, it is really hard to hide from somebody who is trying to kill you and knows where you are at every day. Another challenge that Malala had to face was her “getting banned from music, television and movies”... “Also they weren’t allowed to go to school, have careers, wear makeup, and bright clothing.”(6) This was also a challenge because you see other kids just like you playing around and doing whatever they want to do without getting in trouble. But if you tried doing in, you would get in big trouble, like getting shot, getting whipped, or even getting your family kicked out of there house and even the state. This is also a challenge because you might see other Taliban wearing bright colors and listening to music, while are sitting outside and just watching them do what you can not do. It was also a challenge because if you were dreaming about being a lawyer or something, you couldn’t do that. Even though you see other people in suits at 9:00 in the morning going to work. The last challenge that she had to face was that she had to undergo a lot of surgeries for her brain and the tissues inside her brain plus the cells. “ She has undergone several operations to repair her skull and improve her hearing.” (9) This is a challenge because she had to take a lot of surgeries constantly almost every month. It is also a
After reading “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates I then began to reflect on the way I view things. In all the book is more so in letter format to his fifteen year old son Sam. The letter is a piece of advice about how to endure reality as an African-American in the world today. After reading the book I was able to understand the point of view from which the author was writing from, as well as understand the view from Samori being that I was a child at the time some of the events mentioned took place.
Malala said: “Dear sisters and brothers, we realize the importance of light when we see darkness. We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced. In the same way, when we were in Swat, the north of Pakistan, we realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns.” She used the metaphors ‘light’ and darkness; and she compared light and darkness to education and illiterateness. Further, she compared these two opposite things to prove that people can see and understand the world through light. Light reveals which is hidden in darkness. According to Malala:
There have been very few events throughout my lifetime that I feel have impacted or inspired me with such noteworthiness and that I know will change my outlook on the world and affect me forever. One of those events occurred when I traveled to Portugal, my parent’s homeland. From this excursion in 2007, I learned the importance of family, most importantly the distant kind. It provided me with a totally different perspective on the world and how large and extended one’s family can really be; even across cultures and continents. I felt so fortunate learning this lesson at a young age and growing to appreciate the ideals I was brought up with as a child. The family I have in Portugal has always been there; however, their faces have aged and
The end of school came eventually, and I abandoned dreams of the sixth grade. Luckily, I was transferring to another elementary school, but this offered me little consolation. Only dummies have to repeat a grade.