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Professor Jay Polish
Assignment: Narrative Essay on Ms. Marvel.
Ms. Marvel is a story of a teenaged Muslim Pakistani Girl named Kamala. She was born in Jersey City and raised and grew up there. Her family is very typical and conservative. On the contrary she is an independent and different mentality typed girl. She always wanted to do something different and make herself and the family proud of her. But due to the family restriction she had troubles of going through the segments that happened to her throughout the story.
When I read the story, somehow, I felt that this story relates to me quite much. Born in a typical Muslim middle class conservative family and raised and studying in a different culture and society I feel very awkward at some points. Sometimes I feel like I have to act in two different way- one when I am at my home and another when I am outside. Reading the story I felt like she was having the same problem as me. She wanted to be an independent girl unlike the other teenaged girls. But somehow, she was bound by the restrictions of the family. She had to go out in the family occasions even if she didn’t want to. When she reached late to the function she got a shower from the mother saying “that’s no excuse to neglect her duties to her family”. She was closer to the father more than the mother. Whatever she did, she remembered what her father taught her as she loved her family.
When she got the superhero power, she was scared how her family would react when they know about it. She wanted to wear western cloths in her school like her friend Zoe. She thought that Zoe looks happy and adorable with the outfit but she couldn’t. Also she had to take permission from her parents to go to the night party with some boys but her father refused her to go. There is a scene where she thought to herself “I’ve always done what they asked me to do…Aren’t I allowed to do anything my way? Just once? As a teenager she always wanted to enjoy her life. She wanted to something extra-ordinary. But the family and the religious fear always gave her trouble in each step. However, she got her superhero power finally and did all the activities and took the risks of helping people with the help of her friend Bruno. But when her family saw her in a weird outfit, he father refused her not to go to any mall, movies or parties until she could prove herself so that they could trust on her. Her mother was also angry the sarcastic language she was using. In my case, somehow I face the same problem as Kamala. I always want to be an independent girl since childhood. I want to live my life with my own livelihood and don’t want to be a dependent on somebody. I don’t like people interfere or dominate my life. Sometimes, when I go out with my friends, I have the fear of getting home late. I am also scared about what will happen if I find a foreign non-Muslim boyfriend, how they will react. They might never accept that. I want to wear beautiful American outfits sometimes when I see my classmates or coworkers wearing. But I can’t wear this because of my cultural restriction. If they see me in this outfit or if they see me with a foreign gut, they won’t accept me in the family or in the society. I love my family but somehow I feel like I am different from them like Ms. Marvel (Kamala). That’s the reason I have troubles living in my culture. I try to follow my religion and I never disrespect it but sometimes I cannot maintain everything.
I think all the teenagers and young adults like me face the same problems like I do. Sometimes, it’s difficult for them to take a decision by themselves. That’s the part of Ms. Marvel that relates to my own life story.
What three things do you want to ask your peers about your work?
• What was their main topic?
• How it relates to their own life?
• How they interact the images with the words?
What three things are your favorite from your fan fic?
• The topic that I chose
• Relates to my own life
• Her activities and braveness.
What three things are you unsure of?
• My writing quality
• My introduction
• The part from the story I picked.