What motivated X to educate himself? How does his voice and tone influence your perception of him and his essay?
The first book he picked up he could not comprehend the majority of the words. He came to the conclusion that getting a dictionary to study and copy by hand would be his first step. His word base broadened. From that moment on he read and studied the subjects that interested him via the public library and sneaking around prison guard checks at lights out to read more. Later Malcom became focused on the how Mr. Muhammad had focused on the “whitening” of history books by white men and the horrors of slavery. Malcom’s motivation for education was fueled by increasing frustration with not being able to express what he wanted to convey in letters to the honorable Mr. Elijah Mohammed when on he was the most articulate hustler on the street. There was also a Charlestown prison mate named Bimbi Bimbi was able to make Malcom feel envious of his stock of knowledge. These two concerns were the major factors in his search for knowledge.His voice and tone in my opinion, are of a man who made mistakes in his life and by virtue of being institutionalized realized the error of his ways and decided to make some positive steps to gaining knowledge of self and world history. His essay was a vivid tale of how a hustler went from being Malcom Little to being the human rights activist Malcom X.
2. What kind of knowledge did Malcolm X gain by learning to read? How did this knowledge free or empower him? What main point is he trying to make about learning?
Malcom learned many things by teaching himself to read. He was hungry for knowledge pertaining negro history, civilization ,slavery, abolitionists, H.G. Wells, JA Roger and Mr. Muhammad. He gained the history of his forefathers and the atrocities they endured due to slavery. He learned of Nat Turner and John Brown. He learned of the trickery used by the British on India and the Opium wars where China was forced to...