Malala Yousafzai Character Analysis

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Overcoming obstacles in one’s life is never an easy task, yet they must be confronted by oneself to continue on in life. When one must confront extremely difficult obstacles this task seems impossible. A person who chooses to take on these arduous tasks in their own life is brave. When one chooses to face them on behalf of their community, for the benefit of many, they deserve to be allauded and honored as the heroes that they are. They are a special breed of humanity, one such person is Malala Yousafzai. In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell states, “the hero is the man of self-achieved submission.” We witness this submission in Malala, who was aware of her potential, and the need to make a stand. She committed herself to fight …show more content…
Here our heroine must Cross the Threshold, entering as Campbell illustrates where “the adventure is always and everywhere a passage beyond the veil of the known into the unknown; the powers that watch at the boundary are dangerous; to deal with them is risky; yet for anyone with competence and courage the danger fades.” Malala was fearful, she was entering into public arena with which she was not familiar. As she started to do interviews, she gained confidence the more she spoke out. She had crossed into the spotlight the media was putting on her cause. She was well aware of the dangers that lay ahead as she continued to speak out publicly for her and other girl’s right to an education. The death threats from the Taliban come against her, just liked they threatened her father. Nevertheless, she knew silence would not bring change that her country desperately needed. As Malala recounts her thoughts the day she gave a television interview, “In my heart was the belief that God would protect me. If I am speaking for my rights, for the rights of girls, I am not doing anything wrong. It’s my duty to do so.” Malala’s conviction led her to be able to receive the support that was needed from the media and other influential people who were also against the Taliban’s destruction the schools and their country. She knew to use the attention she was getting and help those that couldn’t themselves. On one occasion after receiving an award and heading home Malala remembers when she saw a young girl selling oranges, “She was scratching marks on a piece of paper with a pencil to account for the oranges she had sold as she could not read or write. I took a photo of her and vowed I would do everything in my power to help educate girls just like her. This was the war I was going to fight.” Here Malala asserts her reason for crossing the threshold and is ready for whatever may

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