The Development of Parvana in Deborah Ellis’ “The Breadwinner”


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The Development of Parvana in Deborah Ellis' "The Breadwinner"
This literary study will analyze the development of Parvana from an innocent and irresponsible girl into her role as the “breadwinner” of her family in the novel The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. Before the rise of the Taliban, Parvana was a girl much like other girls in a somewhat modernized society. However, after the Taliban took over, she was severely restricted to work for the family and camouflage herself as a boy to feed and clothe her family. After being imprisoned and beaten, she quickly matures into a young woman that knows how to survive the harsh economic and misogynistic Taliban rule that tries to oppress her and her family.
The early identity of Parvana as a girl...
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.....rimarily an innocent girl without a notion of the harsh realities of life. However, the Taliban soon force her mother and sister to stay in the home, which threatens starvation because women are not allowed out of the home without a male escort. With Parvana being so young and boyish looking, she is the only candidate to find food, literally saving her family from starvation by disguising herself as a boy. When she develops experience as a ‘boy’ gathering food for her family, she develops into a young woman that is responsible and knows her vital role in the survival of her family. These are the developments that occur in Parvana’s character throughout the novel.
Works Cited:
Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner. Oxford: Oxford University, 2004.