Autobiography of Malcolm X Paper #1

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Laura Dunn Instructor Anyango English 2: Ideas and Values in Literature 3/8/07 Paper #1 Malcolm X has seen a great many troubles, beginning in his rough, violent childhood. The brutal murder of his father obviously had a large impact on his views of the world, and he attributed many of the succeeding events in his life to this. His mother’s physical and psychological decline and the hunger and struggles his family faced would not have existed had his father not been killed. During the earlier years of his life, Malcolm seemed to have a hope that is unrivaled in any of his later efforts and tasks. I truly believe that if ever a state social agency destroyed a family, it destroyed ours. We wanted and tried to stay together. Our home didn’t have to be destroyed. But the Welfare, the courts, and their doctor, gave us the one-two- three punch. And ours was not the only case of this kind. (X, 22) This passion that he feels towards his family is heartbreaking, and it is understandable how truly life-changing such events could be. After Malcolm X went through this difficult part of his life, he endured more personal problems. One event in particular is a bit puzzling to me, because as strong-willed and fierce a man as Malcolm X was, he inadvertently allowed his English teacher’s “advice” to affect his life. Mr. Ostrowski said, “But you’ve got to be realistic about being a nigger. A lawyer—that’s no realistic goal for a nigger. You need to think about something you can be.”(X, 38). Malcolm X
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grew to become a very influential man. But I think he developed his spirit and character over time and as a result of all the trials he went through—otherwise, he would have taken his teacher’s advice and completely reversed it as soon as the words came out of his mouth. He would never have ended up on the streets hustling. Malcolm X’s youth was going absolutely nowhere, and it took going to prison for him to open his eyes to his true potential. Malcolm X fights against a society that he is, at the same time, very influenced by.
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