REFLECTION ON A BOOK “THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X” By Alex Haley INTRODUCTION This paper is written to give my personal reflection on a book entitled The Autobiography of Malcolm X. It is one of the assignments for EDC3360 Course, Social Work for Community Service. We were asked to read this book because the content of this book has relation with the course we are taken for the current semester. PERSONAL REFLECTION This is my personal reflection about this book. First and foremost, I would like to say that this book is very thick and long to read. There are about nineteen chapters and 278 pages altogether. As a slow reader, it is a quite hard for me to finish reading it within time. It took me weeks to finish reading it as a whole. Furthermore, it is written in English version. My English is just in average so sometimes I need to refer to dictionary for certain words. Sometimes I use google translate and ask my friends to explain the meaning of certain terms. At first I could not find this book in book shops. I have tried to find it in a few bookstores but they said it was sold out meanwhile some other places said that they do not have any copy of this book. I need to travel to find it. I did ask my friends to buy one for me if they did find any. What happened is that there was only one copy left, so she need to buy it for herself. Another one is that she forgot to buy for me. It is okay. A famous proverb says “Where there is a will, there is a way”. Then I took another alternative where I used the internet service and find it online. I kept searching until I found one which is in PDF form. I download and print it. I cut it to make it looks like a book and bind it at shop. At last, I have a copy of... ... middle of paper ... ...m and he had been reassessing his old belief. CONCLUSION In conclusion, I would like to say that this book is worthwhile reading although it is a quite thick and might take longer time to finish reading it. I might not good in reviewing a book or giving criticism for something. Reading this autobiography can benefit people in many fields. Different people will see things differently. So does when reading this book, certain people might take the lessons differently and it might benefit differently. For example, as a sociological study, it could provide fascinating insights into ghetto life and the ways which an individual learned to survive in the ghetto. Meanwhile as a religious work, it does tell about how an individual is struggling in order to find his God. And it cannot be denied as it is clear that in political work is the book has had its strongest impact.
The autobiography of Malcolm X written by Alex Haley tells a wonderful story of a boy who grew up to be a legendary hero. Malcolm Xs character continuously develops throughout the entire novel, allowing the reader to be engaged in his story. The beginning of the text begins with the story of the past, when his mother was pregnant, and instantly the author brings in violence that include the Ku Klux Klan and the description of fear is already being portrayed. Chapter one is titled "nightmare "in this chapter not only does the reader already acknowledge struggle but there is also a background of his father. Over the course of chapter you see Malcolm Xs character develop mostly because his entire perspective constantly changes due to being around
The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told by Alex Haley is about a man who changed the history of America. Malcolm (Little) X preached what he believed about racism, discrimination, and segregation. He went through many changes in his fight for equality. The three transformations that really changed the way Malcolm thought and preached where his transformation in prison, his transformation into the Islamic religion (following Elijah Muhammad), and the biggest transformation of all, his pilgrimage to Mecca. In all of Malcolm actions, teachings and transformations we learn different points of view and we get a good look at different aspects of events. The life of Malcolm (Little) X as told in his autobiography should be read by all.
Malcolm Little was born on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. At the time of his birth, Malcolm's father was a Baptist Minister. His mom was a writer of Marcus Garvey. Before he was born, his father had 3 children with his previous marriage and 3 before him with his mom.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley and Malcolm X was originally published by Grove Press in 1965. The story starts out with Malcolm as a little boy. His father was killed as he was young, and he and his many siblings were left with only his mother. His family was repeatedly visited by social services and eventually, his mother went crazy and he was split up from his siblings. Malcolm attends different schools and lives in various foster homes. He visits his half-sister, Ella, and eventually moves in with her. While living with her, he starts to work at numerous jobs, but he starts to sell alcohol and drugs on the side. He becomes very caught up in all sorts of criminal activities, such as bootlegging.
No matter how someone may be living their life there are always obstacles to face. Somebody may face an obstacle they come across by and they have to figure out how to overcome that obstacle. Either having to do with work related or a school obstacle there are many possibilities but also opportunities to over come these series obstacles. These two men were faced with similar obstacles, Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass to whom everyone seems to know their history quite well, however little do people know how these men learned to be the brightest people in history. Dealing with obstacles doesn't come easy but when one puts effort into something they want to achieve it can be done.
Malcolm X should be everyone’s hero, someone people like myself should look up to as a human being. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either a racist or is extremely ignorant. Malcolm X wore his heart on his sleeve and whether right or wrong he was never afraid to say what was on his mind to anyone who cared to listen. I personally believe Malcolm X’s beliefs give me strength to do what's right and carry myself with dignity. I remember, as a kid, my parents had tons of books about Black History books. The first book I read was a Malcolm X biography. I realized Malcolm X was truly a powerful, significant, and essential work for all time.
This paper will discuss the different stages of thought processes the former Nation of Islam minister, Malcolm X went through during his lifetime in terms of how he viewed white people, but more specifically “the white man” in America. The reason the focus is on White Americans is because these were the people outside of the Nation of Islam that shaped his life good or bad and put him on the path where he eventually transformed from Malcolm Little to Malcolm X who was one of the most polarizing and controversial figures during his lifetime and even nearly 50 years after his death the name Malcolm X causes certain people to shudder. Malcolm X became a well-known figure during the 50’s and 60’s during the civil rights movement which involved figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. This was a pivotal era in American history because for the first time that there was major push towards full rights for African Americans. When Malcolm X came on the scene he put fear into White people because they weren’t used to hearing the truth about race relations in America and many of them felt that things were just fine because they themselves were living life high on the hog while at the same time exploiting Blacks. Because this type of talk from a black person was new to them they misinterpreted his views as “hate speech” and accused him of trying to incite violence when he was simply trying wake his people up to properly deal with what was happening to them.
According to Osho, in order to find one’s true self, one must ignore society. This can be applied in the life of Malcolm X as his true self reemerges when he is alone in prison. Although Malcolm X had difficulties in his life, nothing stopped him from following in what he believed was right. He did not let anyone push him around or tell him what to do. Even if he was to be thrown into a dark cell with no windows or light, Malcolm X was a true warrior that followed his instincts.
His dream of blacks and whites sitting together at the table of brotherhood and his children living in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their character did make sense for the black people in the 1960s, but not many white people understood King’s concept. The white people agreed more with Malcolm X than King. In an Autobiography of Malcolm X, he mentioned, “ We will meanwhile be working among our own kind, in our own black communities - showing and teaching black men in ways that only other black men can - that the black man has got to help himself” (Doc.C) Malcolm felt that black people should work with only black people and white people should only work with white people, that way they actually will
All four names throughout the The Autobiography of Malcolm X came with a obstacle and a life lesson that Malcolm had to face. I feel like his childhood played a big part on his upbrings into his adult stage. My reason as to why I say this is because no one was there to guide him on how to become a man so he had to learn on his own. So he went to the street to learn how to be wise and street smart if his dad was alive things would not have been so difficult because he would of teached Malcolm how to become a man and also he wouldn't be in some much trouble with the. In the the Autobiography it seems as if prison was life lesson because that's when he started reevaluating his life and thinking more deeper about more his choices and also
My Brother Malcolm Little was in prison for larceny and breaking and entering. I already knew that Malcolm was eventually going to get caught, I actually prefer for him to get caught because one of these days Malcolm could get killed from hustling. I am the first of out of my eight siblings to enter the Nation of Islam. I have already recruited some of my other siblings to the Nation of Islam and I have also recruited my brother Malcolm who is still in prison. I have talked to Malcolm that in order to join the Nation of Islam, he had to give up his old destructive ways. I also told him to start reading a dictionary so that he would be able to speak in a proper way to the people of Islam. He realized that his education was important. As soon
I must say that this book is a hard read. I am sure that there are many nuances and ideas that I missed along the way. It does take sometime to get accustom to the style of writing since we are some use to the linear approach to reading and seldom do we engage a book written in a poetic or prose structure. I am sure that if I read the book two or three times again, I will find new things that I missed on the first read. This book, in my opinion, is not a book that is written for public consumption, rather I think that this is a niche book and finds a home in the hands of philosophy or religion students who are looking for a challenging yet thought provoking read. For those who might have a hard time understanding the book and the ideas within it, researching the author before reading the book might prove beneficial and add context and background to the readings.
The autobiography of Malcolm X, written by Alex Haley contains the story of one of the most influential and memorable activists in our history, the courageous life of Malcolm X is only but a small price he had to pay to express himself and encourage people to take the right path. The autobiography is told with three series of main key events that develop his character drastically throughout the novel. Malcolm Xs character being foretold and expressed is constantly being contributed with the reader allowing the engagement of his story to effect the audience in such a way that they can feel every inch of the strong emotion being expressed. The three main key events that are included in the novel include the crucial reasoning to why Malcolm expressed