Parvana Essay

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Parvana is a novel written by Deborah Ellis. Parvana and Shauzia are 2 young girls who life in a Taliban ruled country, known as Afghanistan. Both girls are faced with many difficulties throughout the novel. The 2 girls are given the chance to leave the war-torn country and Shauzia immediately takes this chance. By doing so, Shauzia will no longer be living under the Taliban’s rules. Being an 11 year old girl, Shauzia deserves to get an education. Shauzia’s family does not value her in any sort of way and she doesn’t deserve to see such disgusting things everyday.

Shauzia makes the right decision to go to Afghanistan because she’ll no longer be under the Taliban’s control. Once she’s out of the country, she’ll be able to live on her own free will. After all, Shauzia is only 11 years old. Her life shouldn’t be filled with bombs, landmines, blood, deaths etc. In other words, her life shouldn’t be filled with violence. Shauzia stated that she was saving money, a little bit each day. “I’m getting out of here,” Parvana then replied “What? When?” Shauzia then answered that she would leave by next spring. This clearly shows that Shauzia wants to leave Afghanistan. Shauzia doesn’t want to live in a war-torn country and that she wants a better life for herself.

Shauzia’s family does not value her in any way. This is another right reason why Shauzia should leave Afghanistan. To prove this, Shauzia’s grandfather has ‘started to look for a husband’ for her. Shauzia does not have any say in this because he obviously doesn’t care for her feelings. He’s only doing it so that he and the rest of Shauzia’s family would still have or make even more money. He stated that she’ll ‘fetch a good bride price’ because she’s young. As stated before, her grandfather only wants her to get married for the money. Clearly, Shauzia has made the right decision to leave Afghanistan. To get married at such a young is absolutely tragic. To get married to someone you don’t even love, there...
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