Glass Castle Vs Malala

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Wisdom is to know that there’s a world with a different set of values, tragedies, and wonder different and/or larger than your own; books, people, the internet, and traveling can add to anyone’s wisdom. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai are two memoirs that share their perspectives and seem to imbue invaluable wisdom into the average American. These two memoirs, as expected of individuals and their life’s stories, are distinct from one another with their unique conflicts, climaxes, and conclusions. To begin with, both authors meet a different overarching conflict that follows them for a majority of the story. Walls finds constant friction…show more content…
J. Walls’ conclusion ended with a resolution of her conflict resulting in peace with her parents, past, present, and self. The Glass Castle was a journey of life that ended with the type of peace and content that most adults often find, making it more of an autobiography than a memoir. After being able to comfortably talk “...about some of Dad 's great escapades: letting [her] pet the cheetah, taking [them] Demon Hunting, giving [them] stars for Christmas…” at the end of the book, this becomes even more clear. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban’s closing is different for a variety of reasons. Her "...world has changed so much. On the shelves of [their] rented living room are awards from around the world—America, India, France, Spain, Italy and Austria, and many other places. [She 's] even been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, the youngest person ever. When [she] received prizes for [her] work at school [she] was happy, as [she] had worked hard for them, but [those] prizes are different. [She is] grateful for them, but they only remind [her] how much work still needs to be done to achieve the goal of education for every boy and girl. [She doesn’t] want to be thought of as the “girl who was shot by the Taliban” but the “girl who fought for education.” This hints at the idea that her conflict hasn 't been resolved even though her position in it has changed, she still has to fight for education and win in order to see a true resolution, unlike J. Walls ' conflict. What 's also important to note is the fact that as the book ends it becomes clear that a majority of the book was focused on the encounter with the Taliban, unlike the autobiography that is the Glass
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