Analysis Of Malcolm X

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told by Alex Haley, is about a man who changed the history of America. Malcolm X preached what he believed about racism, discrimination, and segregation. The struggle for many African Americans was trying to gain basic human rights. The norm, in those days, was that blacks be treated as “lesser” human beings. Malcolm X rose up to become one of the most influential people in the black civil rights fight. It was a long and hard fight through which many lives were lost. The autobiography was a culmination of nearly two years of intensive interviews with Malcolm X, which concluded in 1965 after his tragic assassination.
“Learning To Read”, which is an excerpt from “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” by Alex Haley,
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While imprisoned, Malcolm taught himself how to read and write; he constantly practiced reading, writing, and pronouncing words from the dictionary. Malcolm understood the importance of education. The quote “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” (Haley 165) shows that he believed the only way African Americans would have a promising future was through education. He wanted black people to articulate their ideas and thoughts so they would sound intelligent and prove white people wrong. Because Malcolm went through many hardships, he tried to convey the point that, if it was possible for him to accomplish greatness through education, it is possible for African Americans to accomplish greatness through education as well, regardless of past and present…show more content…
The piece is arranged in such a way that the autobiography traces Malcolm’s early years in Michigan, where he was one of eight children of the Reverend Earl and Louise Little to the time of his assassination. The book’s Epilogue details the tragic assassination of 39-year-old Malcolm X. Haley writes that, although it has never been proven, most people believe that Black Muslims were responsible for Malcolm X’s death. (Haley, Alex) In conclusion, Malcolm X’s ability to persuade his audience stems from his proficient utilization of rhetorical strategy to appeal to his audience. Malcolm effectively uses ethos to establish his credibility, pathos to invoke the desire to achieve empowerment, and logos to convince his audience to attain that achievement through
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