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Ethos In I Am Malala

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In the book I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai explains the struggles of her hometown, Sway Valley, and the problems that occur in Islam. One of the enormous problems in Islam was the fact that Women were not allowed to have an education and furthermore, were not allowed to be even seen outside. In Islam, it is extremely hard for women to do anything besides staying home and if they were caught outside without a burqa or a niqab, they could be killed. Malala Yousafzai was torn with these new laws that were implanted by the Taliban which made her take action against them with her prominent words and leading her to becoming an international symbol of peaceful protest. Although, Malala could not convince the Taliban for educational equality in Islam, she was able to convince millions of people around the world to take actions against them through her struggle for educational equality powerfully due to her use of ethos, tone, and imagery.
Malala Yousafzai powerfully utilizes ethos as a rhetorical strategy to convey her message for educational equality by building her credibility in Islam. “And my school uniform-my white shalwar and blue kamiz-is on a peg on the wall, waiting for me” (Yousafzai 1). Malala Yousafzai builds her credibility by introducing herself as a student in Islam, which portrays that she lives there and is educated and furthermore, makes Malala a reliable source to inform the audience about the enormous problems in Islam. The rhetorical strategy, ethos, is
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