January 5th, 2017 by You(th)
Submitted by ashanti, Age 14 from Rhode Island
The book The Breadwinner is a good story telling you about the struggles people have to face living in Afghanistan. Also, on how women are of a lower class compared to men, and how one little girl helped out her family.
Afghanistan is run by the Taliban who enforce strict Islamic rules. This was a place of peace and color now it is a place of war and dread. Many people are scared of losing someone close to them because of the bombings they occasionally drop. Parvana’s family had sadly been struck with this fear coming to life. Her brother had died because of a land mine, her father was hurt because of a bomb that had struck the high school he was teaching at. We as Americans don’t fear this day by day, night by night because we are they say “protected” by our army and all those that symbolize safety for us. Yet people just across the ocean are living in fear and daily war that they have now come accustomed too. This just giving The Breadwinner that much more of depth this making that much more interesting. Even though women have to be of lower class over there.
Women are to be covered, uneducated rome the streets with a man present and to be hidden away from others in the community. This making it ten times more harder for a women to live under such conditions. Parvana’s mother was a woman who was educated, employed and married with children. Then to be put out of a job and locked away covered due to the Taliban takeover. So we can all agree that women do in fact live a rougher life in Afghanistan than men do.
Parvana we can all agree is brave. She had transformed into a boy just so her and her family can get through with food, water and money since her father got locked up. She only an eleven year old girl took on the responsibility of a man to take care of her family and make sure they are able to get by.
So The Breadwinner was in fact a good book it told you all of this and also included facts about Afghanistan as well. So for those of you who have an essay do or a project having to be done read this book it is interesting and along the way you learn a few things.