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The Theme of Power in The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Malala Yousafzai, The Fighter
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Both The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass and Malala Yousafzai the Fighter by Aryn Baker explore the universal theme that having power whether it comes from within oneself or from external forces to rise above inequality creates someones identity The settings of the American south in the 1800s and in present day Pakistan and the characterizations of Frederick Douglass and Malala Yousafzai all support the themeIn both works the settings of the American south and Pakistan connect to the theme In The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass is a black American slave who endures dangerous and brutal conditions in his environment Due to his life in bondage Douglass is constantly oppressed whenever he tries to gain a sense of identity In comparison in Malala Yousafzai the Fighter many people in Pakistan hinder Malala and other girls opportunities to learn and grow as unique individuals in society A correspondence in these two settings is that peoples willingness to break away from traditional restraints in their society and culture can give the oppressed citizens a sense of identity For example Sophia Auld Douglasss mistress bravely challenges societys disproving view on teaching slaves to read by very kindly teaching Douglass the A B CDouglass 48 After Douglass understands his great achievement and he prizes it highly Douglass 48 Similarly Malala Yousafzai encourages families to break with tribal tradition to give children their own identity and allow their daughters to attend classes Baker 3 In both works societys disapproval of education and have literate black slaves are the chains that hold back the victims of criticism from gaining an identity However when people like Sophia Auld and Malala have the power to challenge the status quo they allow for more people to grow and succeed as individuals In Pakistan many girls identities are stuck inside their families traditions and they are never given a chance to break away from who
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