Iqbal Novel Study Name: Jennifer Lopez 8-73Quotable Passages Date: Janurary, 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 has significance because Iqbal is stating that the situation thathe and the children are in isn’t right. Iqbal is saying child labour is not right. Theyshouldn’t be forced to work because they should be playing games, going to school andhaving as much freedom they can use up. The children should return to their familiesbecause that is the place where their life begun. This is also the place where they areloved, respected, cared and this is where they are treated right. If you don’t have yourfamily, wouldn’t you feel incomplete? The children shouldn’t be chained to their loomsbecause children or any other human in the world are not objects or animals.Theyshould exchange the looms for school supplies like pens, pencils, notebook etc.If these children have school supplies they can have an education and break thecycle of poverty.Being chained to a loom will get us nowhere, us, humans won’texperience a life if we are controlledby humansor chained to something. Neitherchildren nor any human should be a slave;they don’t have freedom or choice.Children are humans, we are not trading cards that are bought, used then sold again.
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 becancelled. 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: PASSAGE2The significance of this quotable passage is that these children don’t dare to talk aboutthe future because to them it will just be too painful. They don’t say “in a year” or“when I’m grown up”, because they think their fate has already been decided for themwhich is making for carpets for Hussain Khan.Iqbal is the only one with theconfidence and hope that the children don’t have yet.The children lost hopebecause after being in the Carpet factory for 3 years, Fatima’s slate hasn’t changed asingle bit. The children talk about memories or what they like in life because it takestheir minds off thinking about the future. Their just too scared to think about the futureahead as they know it will just be too painful.* 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: The significance of this passage is that Fatima is talking about how beforeIqbal came; she had no hope for another life. She thought there was no hope of goingback to her family and living a happy life. Fatima couldn’t imagine another life becauseher slate every night looked the same so she may not be able to get out of the life she isin right now. Fatima says that Iqbal has done a lot for them, he found their center andgave them the hope they have been waiting for. I guess you can say that Iqbal is afarmer who plants a seed in every child and waters them everyday so not only
will they grow but their hope and confidence will grow too.Now that there is Iqbalaround them, they have the hope and courage for a change in their life.