Comparing Malcolm X And Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains

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Alex Haley’s Autobiography of Malcolm X and Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains are books that create a controversial matter with keeping, reaching out and challenging their readers. Most of all both of these books mainly have the issue with the white readers. Both books similarly challenge their white readers by criticizing them and or creating an image or situation that offers them a way out. Paul Farmer’s and Malcolm X’s mediator’s, Tracy Kidder and Alex Haley, play a major role in these books. Kidder and Haley support Malcolm X and Paul Farmer’s messages that they want to convey. This is because these two mediators include the specific details that the two authors wish to add. Also, the mediators offer further insight on the time …show more content…
Both offer insight and a new perspective on the adventures and stories told by both iconic men. Also, both mediators take into consideration how both men want to be portrayed. While in Haiti, Paul tells Kidder that he doesn’t want to be portrayed as favoring the poorer, which could most likely offend the Americans. Kidder understands and then from then on through the rest of the book, Kidder tells Farmer’s story the way Farmer wants to be seen as. Also, in The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Alex Haley creates an epilogue that is from his perspective, but keeps it in favor of the message that Malcolm wanted to portray through his autobiography. When Haley and X start working together, Malcolm X tells him that “[He’ll] agree…, but I don’t want my motives for this misinterpreted by anybody” (393). Of course, Haley had to agree to be able to complete the book. Together, Tracy Kidder and Alex Haley both successfully mediate Paul Farmer and Malcolm X’s stories by taking into consideration their views to get their main point across to their …show more content…
Malcolm X and Alex Haley offer the white readers a way out by insulting the white peoples places in society. Paul Farmer and Tracy Kidder offer white readers a way out by insulting the white peoples political views and their beliefs. These two books should be reaching out to these white audiences, but they have these situations in which it makes them very difficult to connect with them. However, their mediators help Malcolm X and Paul Farmer to portray their overall message that they want their audience to receive by taking into consideration how the men want to be

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