Rhetorical Analysis On I Am Malala

1211 Words5 Pages
I am Malala Rhetorical analysis
I am Malala is the autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, an Islamic Pakistani living in Swat. Throughout the book, she tells of her quest for education for girls in Pakistan, and all the challenges that followed. The book is extremely informative with the use of a first person narrative structure allowing the reader to see everything through the author's eyes and read her thoughts. Malala also writes the entire book as though she were telling the story to another person. By writing as one would speak,an almost personal feeling is given to the experience. The occurrences described within may also shock the reader. Telling of a taboo lifestyle and way of thinking, the book has a way to grab and keep a hold of the
…show more content…
Normally, people are told that they should not write as they would speak, that it is unprofessional, and can be confusing for the reader. And while this can be the case of some narratives, Malala succeeds with this writing style. By writing as she would speak, while less formal, the words feels more personal, as though she were directly telling the reader the story. She utilizes repetition for emphasis, quotes things that she has heard, and will jump to details of previous topics if the current one requires it. From page thirty five, “It was a point of pride for me that almost every year in primary school, I won the trophy for first place at the end of the term. I was considered one of the top girls-and the principle’s daughter- and some girls thought maybe there was a connection between the two.”(Yousafzai, 35). This is an excellent example of her writing style. She gives information about herself as though it were an interview, and jumps to other small details in order to give the main topic ground. Malala also used this writing style during her acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, “This award is not just for me… It is for the children without education, for children without a voice…”(Yousafzai, 2014). This writing style combined with the style of presentation of information is what allows the reader to feel more for Malala as a character when something…show more content…
In I am Malala the subject serves its author greatly. Pakistan is a region that pops up in media everyone once in awhile, so when a book is published that can tell the reader about what exactly is going on there, it is going to garner a lot of attention. Malala’s goal also reflects what much of the world values, being equal education for all. When reading the story, not only does the reader get to learn more about the life of those in a certain distant part of the world, Such as when she explains “(...)Pashtunwali code, which governs how we Pashtuns live. One part of our code is Badal- a tradition of revenge- where one insult must be answered by another, one death by another, and on and on it goes.” (Yousafzai, 15), but the reader also get to see someone fight for what they believe is right, and is familiar to the reader. One such example of this comes from page fifty five, “...‘I will continue this journey of fighting for peace and democracy in my country.’ I was only ten, but I knew that somehow I would find a way.” (Yousafzai, 55). It plays towards some topics that many people are interested in. They get to learn some facts about an unfamiliar region, as well as read about the active story of someone fighting for something they are familiar with. The fact that Malala is fighting for something that the reader is familiar with also allows the reader to feel supportive of her, wanting her to succeed,
Open Document