The Modern Heroine: I Am Malala

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Joseph Campbell describes the hero’s journey as a quest where the “hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man” (Campbell 7). The heroine’s quest, according to Valerie Estelle Frankel includes “battling through pain and intolerance, through the thorns of adversity, through death and beyond to rescue loved ones” (Frankel 11). Contrary to the hero’s journey, the heroine’s journey focuses on the “culture on the idealization of the masculine” while the hero’s journey focuses on the adventures. In the inspiring autobiography, I Am…show more content…
She finds it strange that the females are restricted and are only supposed to have babies and take care of the household. Malala knows that something isn’t right but she still goes about her daily life. As Malala’s journey progresses, she gets a call to adventure. In this stage “something shakes up the situation, either from external pressures or from something rising up from deep within” so she must face the beginnings of change (Volger). The call is usually delivered through a messenger (Jung). Malala gets her call through Ghulamullah’s opposition to the girls attending Mr. Yousafzai’s school. Ghulamullah considers himself as an Islamic scholar and he thinks that he has authority in enforcing the Islamic law. He is very conservative and does not think it is modest for the young girls to attend the same school as the boys. He believes that the girls should be kept under wraps inside the house. So in efforts of shutting down Mr. Yousafzai’s school, Ghulamullah tells the woman that owns the school premises that Mr. Yousafzai was “running a haram school;” haram referring to something forbidden (Yousafzai 90). The heroine initially hesitates to accept the call because of her fear of the unknown (Volger). Malala is certain that the girls need to be educated just as much as the boys do but she is hesitant to confront Ghulamullah due

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