Malala | Teen Ink


May 25, 2019
By Alyssa_Jenkins22 BRONZE, Atascadero, California
Alyssa_Jenkins22 BRONZE, Atascadero, California
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Did you know that only forty-three percent of the world has access to become an average educated adult ? There are two hundred and sixty four million kids that don’t have access to education, like Malala once said “One child, one teacher, and one pen can change the world” (Yousafzai). In her speech, “ Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons,” she addresses many reasons on why young women and children should have an equal education. Throughout Malala’s entire speech she addresses everyone as brother, sister, or friends, “dear brothers and sisters” “we call upon our sisters around the world to be brave” (Yousafzai). This is an important part of Malala’s speeches because she thinks everyone is important just like a family member would be. Now for a rhetorical device in her speech , I would say she is using pathos when addressing people in the community as brother and sister. Mainly, because that is her perspective and opinion on how she should address others.

Another, rhetorical device that Malala uses in her speech is ethos because she speaks to the public with authority and leadership. “Dear sisters and brothers, I am not against anyone. Neither am I here to speak in terms of personal revenge against the Taliban or any other terrorist group. I am here to speak for the right of education for every child” (Yousafzai).The main reason that Malala uses ethos is because she is taking responsibility for every child involved with education.

The last rhetorical device that Malala uses is logos, because in a way she uses it to influence her peers about education. “In India, innocent and poor children are victims of child labor. Many schools have been destroyed in Nigeria. People in Afghanistan have been affected by extremism. Young girls have to do domestic child labor and are forced to get married at an early age. Poverty, ignorance, injustice, racism, and the deprivation of basic rights are the main problems, faced by both men and women” (Yousafzai).

Now after reading Malala’s speech, she did a great job using rhetorical devices which enhanced her ability to portray her message of education in a positive way. Some of the rhetorical devices that she used were ethos, pathos, and logos. After fully taking in her speech and reading it several times. I really do feel that she has raised my awareness and the importance of education all around the globe. She is a remodel to young girls and children everywhere. Malala has made an impact on my life and I have learned that it is a privilege to be able to obtain an education.

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