I Am Malala Important Quotes
- “‘Who is Malala?’ he demanded. No one said anything, but several of the girls looked at me. I was the only girl with my face not covered.” (Prologue, p. 9)
Without the story having begun, readers learn something critical about Malala: she is different. She is the only one without her face covered. The implications behind the lack of cover may be initially lost on some readers, but the implications are great in Malala’s culture and country.
- “My father always said, ‘Malala will be free as a bird.’ I dreamed of going to the top of Mount Elum like Alexander the Great to touch Jupiter and even beyond the valley. But, as I watched my brothers running across the roof, flying their kites and skillfully flicking the strings back and forth to cut each other’s down, I wondered how free a daughter could be.”(Chapter 1, p. 26)
Despite her father’s support and her continued education, Malala understands the barriers she faces. She watches her brothers, who are already free, and wonders how she can be equally free, especially when she must fight for it. However, her father’s proclamation inspires Malala and she fights, with him beside her.
- “I will protect your freedom, Malala. Carry on with your dreams.” (Chapter 4, p. 68)
Just as he proclaims Malala will be free, her father promises to protect the freedom she gains. He understands the implications of his “modern” daughter fighting for education and for her rights. Further, he wants her to remember her dreams, despite the challenges. In the meantime, he will campaign for her and others.
- “Mullahs often misinterpret the Quran and Hadith when they teach them in our country, as few people understand the original Arabic. Fuzlullah exploited this ignorance.” (Chapter 9, p. 113)
One of the toughest challenges both Malala and her father face is the ignorance of the community. The average villager fears God’s wrath. They aren’t educated and thus their fear in God competes with common sense. Often, the fear of God is stronger than a person’s understanding of the world. The Taliban uses this to gain the upper…