Parvana by Deborah Ellis
Parvana is a book that is closely based on real life Afghanistan. The book is about a young girl’s fight to survive. Parvana is a 12-year-old girl and she lives in an area that is under the control of the Taliban Regime, a group religious extremist. They enforce violent, radical laws. For example they decided that women must wear burkas at all time when outside and that they are not allowed inside shops. Basically they take away all of the women’s rights and are feared by most civilians.
Parana’s family lives in a small house that is described as just one big room and a bathroom, the parents are both very educated and went to school in England. The father being one of the few that can read runs a letter reading stand in town, this is the only income the family has seeing the mother the 16 year old sister and Parvana are not allowed outside, all they can do is cook, clean and look after there baby. The book really starts when the Taliban drags the father of the family out the door.
This book explores many themes such as fear and courage. Seeing as the father is in prison Parvana must dress up as a boy and work, only she can do this seeing she has not fully developed unlike her sister. This is when the theme of fear and courage get explored. At first Parvana isn’t sure about the whole thing is very scared but then later becomes quite proud that she can help the family which helps her gain courage. The book explores the feelings she had throughout many different situations and gives us an insight into the life of an afghan girl.
In chapter 3, oppression is the main theme that is explored. The mother and Parvana go around town with a picture of the father in hope of finding someone who’s seen him. This is when Parvana says “but mother photographs are illegal.” This quote shows the immense oppression that the people of Afghanistan go through. And when they do find the local prison and attempt to free their father, they aren’t...
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