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Comparing Malala Yousafzai's Courage To That Of Characters In Novels By Harper Lee And Rebecca Skloot

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Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl, was shot and wounded by the Taliban. At eleven years old, Malala, and all other Pakistani women were told they could no longer receive any sort of education. Malala would not remain quiet, she wanted to be taught, and she made sure everyone knew the cruelty of the situation. On October 8, as Malala and many other children were riding a bus home, the bus was stopped by a masked Taliban gunman who shot Malala in the head and neck. Malala survived the shot and even wrote a book later on. This situation is much like what some of the characters in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, and Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, go through. Lee and Skloot demonstrate that restriction from society and others leads to injustice.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, injustice is seen in many aspects of the book. Scout is a victim of its wrath throughout some of the novel. When Jem, Atticus and Scout all go to Finch’s Landing for Christmas, Scout hits Francis after he calls Atticus a Negro-lover. Uncle Jack punishes Scout after hearing only Francis’s side. “I took a deep breath. ‘Well, in the first place you never stopped to gimme a chance to tell you my side of it - you just lit right into me.’” (Lee 113). Uncle Jack’s ignorance to the conflict he created makes Scout mad because he did not ask her side of the story. Just because at first look, Scout seemed like the antagonist, Uncle Jack jumped the gun and punished her without full knowledge, causing an unfair situation. Another time that, again, Scout was introduced to injustice is when she is first starting school. Miss Caroline, her teacher, discovers that Scout can read and informs her to have her dad stop teaching her. The same thing happens when Scout writes a letter to Dill. “Miss Caroline caught me writing and told me to tell my father to stop teaching me. ‘Besides,’ she said. ‘We don’t write in the first grade, we print.” (Lee 24). Here, it is ironic how Miss Caroline does not want Scout to read or write. Though it is ironic, it is still wrong how Miss Caroline trashes her ability to do things most first graders cannot. She is limiting Scouts talent, essentially being unjust towards Scout’s potential. Now, Scout is not the only who experiences inequity. Boo Radley, who has stayed inside his entire life watching the rumors pile up at his doorstep, undergoes a lot of injustice throughout the novel. The children of Maycomb devise many nasty stories of Boo, that, in reality, never happened. “Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging by his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained-” (Lee 16). Jem’s description of Boo Radley is described as “reasonable”, yet it is just the opposite. The imagery his explanation gives, makes Boo seem like a horrific creature, when Jem himself has never really laid eyes on him. No one stopped...

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