Boy Overboard Essay
The novel Boy Overboard, written by Morris Gleitzman, is the story of a young Afghan boy named Jamal fleeing his country along with his family. Jamal and his family and friends all have a longing for freedom, equality and independence, which drives them to find a new life in Australia. This is demonstrated when they find a safe and equal environment for Bibi and her mother, when Jamal’s parents raise money for their journey, when they risk their protection with smugglers, and when Jamal and his friends survive on the boat.
Jamal’s parents wanted to settle in a place where safety and equality would be presented to the family, especially Bibi and her mother. In Afghanistan, life was not very equal when comparing boys and girls. …show more content…
Jamal and his friends show a great amount of bravery and tactical thinking on the smugglers boat – all because of their longing for freedom, equality and independence. Jamal and Bibi had to use a lot of initiative on the boat, as their parents were on another boat. Together with Rashida and Omar, they protect each other, sacrificing anything that needed to be sacrificed for the safety of themselves and each other. The smugglers aren’t trustworthy, which is proved when they ask for even more money in order to continue their journey on the boat. The author shows they’re willing to sacrifice by writing: ‘Rashida