The Autobiography Of Malcolm X Essay

942 Words Oct 29th, 2016 4 Pages
In the autobiography about how Malcolm learns how to read, it first takes place when he was in prison, he explains the difficulty of being able to read and write, also how it was much different in the in the streets. “I became increasingly frustrated at not being able to express what I wanted to convey in letters that I wrote especially to Mr. Elijah Muhammad. In the street, I had been the most articulate hustler out there I had commanded attention when I said something. But now, trying to write simple English, I not only wasn’t articulate, I wasn’t even functional” said Malcolm X. Malcolm X wasn’t always the person we know him to be, someone who appeared to be educated, a well spoken individual, before being sent to prison he was street smart, but not book smart. The lack of knowledge he had when it came to reading and writing didn’t please him, so to change that, picked up a dictionary and started studying. It had amazed him how many words there were in the dictionary he’d flip through many pages before he studied just to see them. After copying so many words from the dictionary and reading it back to himself Malcolm X improved his reading ability and his penmanship. Malcolm X had felt like a whole new world had opened up to him, a whole world of knowledge. As a result of Malcolm being able to read now he began to read books. Black history, religion, philosophy, world history, anything, if it made him curious he read it, it became at a part of his life. I think that…

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