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Malala Yousafzai, Our Books and Our Pens
The book I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai is a powerful autobiography about the 18 year old educational activist. In her speech, Malala says, “Let us pick up our books and our pens,”- “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world” (Page 310). My take away was that, we should educate the world through books and pens, because education can send a more powerful message than any of the weapons of the Taliban. And that it would not take much, because just “one teacher, one book, and one pen could change the world” and achieve this goal. This quote is conveyed multiple times throughout her autobiography, but not as straight forward. For example,
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The story follows the two as their dream falls apart, not very close to their ultimate goal. An overriding theme in this story is that no matter how hard you try, some things are just not going to happen. However, Steinbeck did not just let it happen, he built up the dream and then let it fall right before your eyes. Not only did he portray this theme when Lennie killed his and George’s plan after unintentionally murdering Curley’s wife, he also let it happen to many other main characters. Multiple characters in the story explain that they wish for a different, or somewhat better life, but much like Lennie and George have that dream snatched right from them. Some characters even had their dreams taken before the story began. One example was Curley’s wife who confessed to Lennie that she had aspired to be an actress before her marriage, shortly before her death at the hands of Lennie. Crooks also hopes to have a garden on Lennie’s farm once they had it. Lennie just wants rabbits to play with on the farm, once they settled. However, there is one connection between all of their aspirations, they all crumble. Crooks’ falls down with Lennie and George’s at Curley’s wife’s death, and Curley’s wife submits to an unsatisfying marriage with Curley. In the end, all of their desires come to an end, one way or another. I believe that revolving them in Of Mice And Men is

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