Malcolm X 's A Homemade Education Essay

841 Words Oct 8th, 2014 4 Pages
Malcolm Little, more commonly known as Malcolm X, was an African American Muslim minister who also happened to be “the most articulate hustler out there.” As a teenager, Malcolm was a busy man in the streets. If Malcolm wasn’t stealing, then it would be certain that he’d be robbing a house. Eventually, he got caught and was sentenced to ten years in prison. During his time in prison, he became autodidact, which led him to become a persuasive spokesman, to study about the history of African American slaves, and to become one of the most influential leaders during the civil rights movement. Although Malcolm X in “A Homemade Education” emphasizes on the importance of a better education, his true objective is to convince his readers that white men are atrocious, cold-blooded beings. He accomplishes this by relying on the use of ethos, pathos, and logos.
In the first paragraph of “A Homemade Education”, Malcolm X uses ethos in order to establish credibility. Malcolm X finds himself in an awkward situation when trying to express himself in the letters to Mr. Elijah Muhammad, but promptly uncovers the incentive to change that. This is when we discover that Malcolm X is an individual with great determination and willpower making him worthy of respect. He intends for his readers to know that it wasn’t school itself that assisted him, but rather his “prison studies” that helped him develop the skills necessary to become a leader. Malcolm X also addresses that “Many who today hear…

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