On hearing that she had won, Zahra said: "I'm mostly in disbelief, because it's such a huge honour, but once I get past that I think I'll be incredibly excited".
She enjoys writing because: "Your writing style can be as diverse as you want it to be - it’s a very unique kind of freedom, and I absolutely adore it". Senior Runner-up: Ng Woon Neng, Singapore Ng’s imaginative short story ‘An Odd Company’ personifies the competing concepts of Wealth, Health, Freedom and Happiness, imagining them sparring in an intellectual battle for supremacy reminiscent of the bickering of Ancient Greek gods.
In this paper, I shall review her speech with the aim of deducing the main arguments that the queen advanced.
Her feelings towards her audience shall be inferred based on her words.
Senior Winner: Zahra Hussain, Lahore, Pakistan Zahra’s short story ‘Hues of Red’ is a heart-breaking portrayal of child marriage and domestic violence in a traditional South Asian community, yet with an uplifting message of hope for a new generation.
She entered the competition as a student of Lahore Grammar School International.The speech suggests that there exists some religious animosity between the two warring nations.One can deduce from the reference to the Spanish forces by the queen as “enemies of my God” that there were religious undertones that surrounded the conflict.The queen’s ideas and beliefs will also be highlighted from the contents of the speech.This speech is addressed to the English troops at the battle field.Bearing in mind that the Spanish people were the leading Catholic power while England had embraced the Protestant sect, it is evident that the two facets of the Christian religion were at loggerheads.The light in which women were viewed during this period in history can also be learnt from this speech.The battle that England faces is against Spain, an equally matched opponent at that point in time.The queen asserts that while some may view surrendering to Spain as the safe means, this would be equivalent to treachery to the motherland.The queen contends that she has but the “body of a weak and feeble woman.” This indicates that the women in England were viewed as weak people who needed protecting.Her declaration that she is willing to take up a sword and fight for the country is as a last resort; that is if her nation should be invaded.