In the novel Iqbal, I think the author was trying to say that even though something looks bleak, you should always try it. Nothing is impossible if you try it. Iqbal managed to escape from Hussain Khan multiple times, and even though most times he was caught, he would always try again.
As it said in the story, Fatima described Iqbal’s eyes as, “not afraid of anything.” This is an example of his bravery, and him trying and trying. Eventually, he succeeded and rescued all the other child labourers from the carpet factory with Eshan Khan. The author was trying to express the bravery of Iqbal, as he was also, probably, enlightened by Iqbal’s actions.Maria said, “They were Iqbal too! I swear, they had the same eyes, same look.” This means that because of Iqbal, the escapees gathered up the courage to escape, and like Iqbal, they said they weren’t afraid. Iqbal’s bravery and drive to free child labourers is enlightening. Slowly, he helped the child labourers gain the courage to overthrow Hussain Khan. Iqbal cut the Blue Bukhara in an act of trying to show the other child labourers that he wasn’t afraid, and that they could do it too. Another act of courage by Iqbal is when he escaped for the second time, where he managed to get Eshan Khan’s help to free the children. From the day he came into the story, he has been the leader, the rebel, the one fighting for peace.
Iqbal decided to stay with Eshan Khan to help free more child labourers. Even when he was caught and was beaten, he never gave up and returned with more courage. He went back to visit his family even though he was in danger. You know what he said? “I need to finish what I started.” That is a show of sheer compassion and bravery.
Even after he was murdered on that brutal day of Easter, he became the symbol of hope and strength all over the word.