I Am Malala Questions and Answers
by Malala Yousafzai

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What is Malala's main message?

Malala's main message in I Am Malala is the importance of education, especially for young girls. She has been an activist since she was a young girl and continues to fight against injustice even after sustaining nearly fatal injuries as a result of her activism.

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Malala Yousafzai's main message in her memoir I Am Malala stresses the importance of education for young girls. She speaks out against the way the Taliban restricts women's lives, particularly in denying them an education. Yousafzai's views on the importance of learning come from her unique upbringing: her parents allowed her to attend school and receive a broad liberal arts education, which is uncommon for young girls in Pakistan. Despite the Taliban's attempt to silence Malala by killing her, she only grows ever more determined to speak out against their injustices and prejudice.

The other main message of the memoir is that of the importance of courage. Yousafzai's activism is successful because she fights against oppression despite the odds being stacked against her. The Taliban is both brutal and powerful, yet she refuses to remain silent in her quest. Even her brutal recovery from the failed assassination attempt takes courage: she must go through pain and impaired faculties she once took for granted in order to be able to continue her activist work.

These two messages are intertwined. Without courage, Yousafzai would have been unable to speak up for women's rights and education. Both education and courage give a person agency, and Yousafzai wants women around the world to achieve this.

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