Girl in Translation

Mr. Jamali Character Analysis

Mr. Jamali is a Pakistani librarian at Harrison Prep. He also runs the theater program. Kim is entranced because Mr. Jamali is one of the only men at school who doesn't wear a suit; he prefers to wear traditional Pakistani clothing. He employs Kim in the library and later, pulls Annette into the theater program.
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Mr. Jamali Character Timeline in Girl in Translation

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Jamali appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Seven
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...fourth day. The library is small and used mostly for studying. Kim approaches the librarian, Mr. Jamali , who is dressed in a maroon tunic with beautiful embroidery. He explains that he's... (full context)
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...During her shifts at the library, Kim tries to read as much as she can. Mr. Jamali begins to bring her old books and magazines to help her improve her English, and... (full context)
Ten
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...limitations for the most part. As the year goes on, Annette develops an admiration for Mr. Jamali . Annette’s crushes continue to be more of a way to pass the time than... (full context)
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Annette gets involved in theater in eleventh grade. Mr. Jamali comments on her love of the dramatic and convinces her to try out. Kim loves... (full context)
Twelve
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Mr. Jamali casts Annette as the lead in Our Town, and Kim promises to be there on... (full context)