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  • 1. Iqbal Novel Study Name: Daphne A. 8-73Quotable Passages Date: January 31, 2012 TOTAL: ______/15 marksThere are many quotable passages from chapter 7 in Iqbal. Below are fourimportant quotes.You must respond critically to Passage 1 and Passage 4. Then choose eitherPassage 2 OR 3 to reflect on.In your response, consider commenting on some of the following: specialmeaning, connection to a character’s thoughts and feelings, or why this quotemakes you think and want to know more.You can write your response directly beneath the passage.* PASSAGE 1“It means that this kind of life isn’t right. We should return to our families; weshouldn’t be chained to our looms and forced to work like slaves.” Page 50RESPONSE: This passage signifies that the life of child labour isn’t right, it is wrong andshouldn’t be happening. Children should not be working. Kids who are in Fatima andIqbal’s age should be in school, where they can play, learn and just enjoy their livesinstead of being in a carpet factory working from dusk until dawn. Iqbal is trying to tellus that they should be home, with their families, instead of working, we all know how itfeels to be away from our families even just for a little while, but Iqbal has been awayfrom his family for years! Children shouldn’t be chained to looms, it isn’t humanlike! Theonly things we chain in our country are animals, Children are not animals.We shouldnever chain a human being.Children shouldn’t be forced to work like slaves, they shouldbe at home, with their family, and treated with love and respect, they shouldn’t beworking at a very young age. Children should have a choice, freedom, and shouldn’t beforced to slavery. Children have basic rights too, instead of children working in looms,they should be reading, and writing and playing.PASSAGE 2‘There was a precise rule among us: Never talk about the future. Not a single one of usdared to say, “Next summer,” or “in a year,” or, “when I’m grown up.” Oh yes, wetalked about things we liked to do, and we talked about the day our debt would be
  • 2. cancelled. We talked that hope into the ground. But nobody really believed it. It wassort of litany, a way to feel good. Otherwise what was left to us?’ Page 53PASSAGE 3“Fatima,” he said in a low voice, “next spring you and I are going to fly a kite.Remember that, whatever happens.” Page 54RESPONSE: PASSAGE 2RESPONSE: This passage signifies that some children who are working in the carpetfactory have lost hope, they have stopped dreaming. They are thinking that the debtswritten in their slates would never be erased, and that they will never be in someplacewhere they can be free. The children talks about the things that they loved, and likedthat they someday want to happen. It is a way for them to forget the bad and horriblehappenings that have happened to them in the factory. The kite that Iqbal is talkingabout represents freedom, which they don’t have yet at this time, because HussainKahn kept them in looms to work. But, Iqbal believes that someday the debt is going tobe cancelled, whatever happens, he will do anything for them to be free. Iqbal iscourageous because whatever happens, he will do everything just so he could fly a kitewith Fatima.* Chapter 8 - PASSAGE 4‘Before Iqbal’s arrival I had been resigned to my life. I couldn’t even imagine adifferent one. Iqbal had sown the seeds of hope in all of us.’ Page 62RESPONSE: This signifies that before Iqbal has arrived in the carpet factory, Fatimawasn’t as brave as she is when Iqbal had come.Fatima didn’t think about hope, and thelines on their slate being erased, she was working like a regular worker. Iqbal was theone who had brought hope for them. That someday they will be free, and wouldn’t haveto live the life that they are in right now. Iqbal was a courageous person who had giventhe children hope, that someday they would stop be working in a carpet factory. Iqbal isthe seed to the growing tree of freedom.