In this text the experiences of Malcolm X while educating himself in prison is told. We learn about how Malcolm X feels and ‘the white man’ and how he has come to his conclusions and beliefs. This is Malcolm X’s autobiography, so it gives us a sense of who he was and how he has become the person he is. It gives lots of arguments about his stance, along with evidence, but he only shows us one side of the story-his side of the story. It tells us a lot about how he educated himself while in prison, which to him was the best way he could have ever become educated; and while I can agree partially with Malcolm X’s claims, I do not find myself believing all of
His developing enthusiasm for Allah and the religion of Islam displayed the amazing turnaround in Malcolm's life. With every minute spent reading was a minute spent on creating the humbleness of a man with a series of unforgettable sins. At this point it would be hard to say the audience wasn’t entirely relieved. A man with time and desire is almost impossible to discourage. He began to speak with a greater knowledge and purpose. Soon enough, he felt the need to teach his cellmates. “My reading had my mind like steam under pressure” (page 187). You begin to notice a difference in Malcolm's character once again. He has restrained himself from being the self centered, primitive individual he once was and has toned in on the “True Knowledge”. “It was right there in prison that I made up my mind to devote the rest of my life to telling the white man about himself -- or die” ( page 188).Coincidentally he gave what he had left of his life to sharing the reality of the African American
The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a personal account of one man’s search for truth in a racially charged world. Born Malcolm Little, in Omaha, Nebraska, his life is marred by injustice and violence at a very young age. His father, a tall and extremely black man, with little education, is mysteriously murdered, forcing his mother into a mental hospital. Malcolm, along with his siblings, were placed in foster homes. His beginnings had always included racism; the family firmly believed, though never proven, his father was murdered by a KKK splinter group, after years of harassment. A turning point came when a teacher asked him what he would like to be when he grew up. As he answered he wanted to become a lawyer, his teacher told him, “you’ve got
In the essay Learning to Read, author Malcolm X recalls his profound discovery of literature and reading he experienced while being imprisoned. He explains how this discovery has allowed him to further explore many passages in his life, one prominent passage being his religion and the teachings of his idol, Elijah Muhammad. Through this recollection, Malcolm X uses rhetorical strategies such as allusion, diction, and syntax to express how he finds Muhammad’s teachings to be highly appealing. Malcolm X alludes to the literature of many renowned authors and their writings to support his claims. These allusions refer to the culture and history of black people, and Malcolm X is fascinated with the information he is able to consume through these
In “Literacy behind Bars” narrative from an autobiography by Malcolm X in 1965, Malcolm X shows that being able to read is important and sometimes jail is the best place to learn. The author supports this by showing that he saw the people around him reading and wanted to be able to speak and read as well as them (640). He started out by reading and writing an entire dictionary which helped him read and understand more words (641). Malcolm X read everything that he could get his hands on and was able to learn more and use it later on in his career. He was able to concentrate more about learning in jail then he would have been able to do at a college because he had nothing else to do. Malcolm X would read late into the morning despite that guard
The Autobiography of Malcolm X is a first-person style monologue by Malcolm X in which he recounts his own life story, sharing the dramatic changes and events that occurred during his life and forged who he was, engaging readers about values he held dear as if he were a high-minded philosopher or a member of the clergy. Malcolm X famously claimed that he would never live to see the Autobiography published; because he was killed before it was printed, the editors’ epilogue is important as an abrupt conclusion to the life story of Malcolm X and as an analysis of his impact. It is in some ways a narrative of constant transition, showing the evolution of how a man alters his perceptions and values through his life experiences. It is in some ways an admonition to a general audience of that which Malcolm X considered to be out of sync with his time and place. In other ways it was an
Born Malcolm Little, he changed his last name to X to signify his rejection of his “slave” name. Charismatic and eloquent, Malcolm became an influential leader of the Nation of Islam, which combined Islam with black nationalism and sought to encourage and enfranchise disadvantaged young blacks searching for confidence in segregated America. After Malcolm X’s death in 1965, his bestselling book: “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” popularized his ideas, particularly among black youth, and laid the foundation for the Black Power movement of the late 1960s and 1970s. Malcolm X, the activist and outspoken public voice of the Black Muslim faith, challenged the mainstream civil rights movement and the nonviolent pursuit of integration championed
Malcolm X There are many prominent Civil Rights Activists that can be thought of, but one of the most controversial was Malcolm X. His personality and beliefs differed from the majority and this greatly impacted his approach to establish equality of race. Past events, violence, his political philosophy, and Religion all were instrumental in his fight for Civil Rights. Malcolm Little was born in 1925 to a homemaker and an outspoken Baptist minister in Omaha, Nebraska. Similar to other black youth, he felt the pain of segregation.
His life also shows that we can be influenced by the people around us and that we can learn a lot from reading. In prison, Malcolm x was influenced and amazed by Bambi’s knowledge. He also learned most of the things he knew and improved his English language through the heavy reading he did while in prison despite already being in his 20s. This shows that we can learn a lot n...
He was in jail thus he only had the library and his room to read and write he liked reading more in his room than at the library for that the reason that he preferred the isolation. He hated when they would announce, "lights out." Due to the fact that he wanted to keep on reading one of his books that’s why whenever that came into the announcement he would to go his bed and wait for the nightly security guards to pass by. Then as soon as they walked by his cell he would go into a little corner where there was a light glow. He would wait for exactly fifty-eight minutes to pass till the next security guards would pass by again. He would continue to jump from in and out of his bed to his little corner every time security passed again thus he wouldn't get caught. Malcolm said himself, “I knew right there in prison that reading had changed my life forever the course of my life. The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to mentally alive.”