Rhetorical Analysis On Malala Yousafzai

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Jamila Duke-Smith Prof. McHale ENGL101 29 March 2015 Women’s rights issues and injustices are prevalent in just about every nation around the globe. Some regions, however, have a higher concentration of laws and practices that discriminate against women solely due to gender. The Middle East is a large region plagued by horrendous tactics developed simply to repress the rights of women. Oftentimes, religion is utilized as a “cover-up” for the antiquated laws that continue to persist. Prohibiting women’s access to education is one major way in which governments suppress the rights of women. This is particularly evident is Pakistan- especially in rural areas. In response to these issues, Nobel Peace Prize winner, 17 year-old Malala Yousafzai…show more content…
Relaying her traumatic experience also increased the emotional appeal of her speech. Malala shares her vision for world peace in her acceptance speech as well as her belief on the importance of education. She acknowledges that her story and voice broadcasts the struggle of over 66 million girls who are denied education and other rights. Her story is not unique, but her opportunity to share her story is. She uses her platform to gain global attention to the issues that are often overlooked due to stifled voices, “This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education. It is for those frightened children who want peace. It is for those voiceless children who want change”. Her personal experience adds a sense of authenticity and it was apparent that her words were more than sincere. Her personal account makes the issue seem more relevant and real, rather than a distant issue only affecting a small group of…show more content…
Her credibility can not debated because she actually lived through the calamities that she described. Because of her real accounts with oppression and the attack that nearly claimed her life, she is able to establish her credibility with the audience and effectively prove that there needs to swift adjustments to the educational climate as well as governmental corruption. Malala, in her attempt to bring more awareness to the horrid injustices and impracticality of the life faced by millions of women in the Middle East, capitalized on her gruesome attack and used it as an original testimony to show just how corrupt the Pakistani governmental system is, as well as to shed light on the overwhelming presence of the Taliban regime. Her speech is fortified with numerous examples of her daily struggles and perils girls face in Pakistan and other countries simply due to their gender. Because of her undying appetite for education- even as a young girl, and her disgust of the Taliban “law”, she was in turn barbarically attacked for her beliefs. One bullet. To the head. This is what it took draw the needed attention to the inequalities women had been suffering for years at the hands of “authority” figures. Her speech was very time appropriate, especially because the vast majority of people around the world seemed to be rooting for her recovery prior to the address. News stations were plastered with images of the young girl who served as a

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