ENG111 - Cisse 1 Mohamed Bah Prof Dawn Romano Eng 111 02 Nov 19 Critical Analysis Essay Coming to an Awareness of Language In the short excerpt\"Coming

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Cisse 1 Mohamed Bah Prof Dawn Romano Eng 111 02 Nov, 19 Critical Analysis Essay Coming to an Awareness of Language In the short excerpt, "Coming to an Awareness of Language," written by Malcolm X, as readers we are told the story of how a young Malcolm X developed from an illiterate street hustler to a self-educated man in prison who would later go on to lead the Nation of Islam. Malcolm X Used a variety of literary elements like mood, tone, and Irony, all to overcome his non ability to both read and write. Malcolm X did not have an easy life growing up, after the loss of his father, a Baptist minister and a black nationalist, and also having to deal with his mother’s admittance to a mental institution at an early age. When he began to lose interest in school and introduced himself into a world of petty crime. He was arrested and sentenced to spend some time in prison. He tried to write letters to old friends but never got any reply because they either lacked a form of education or were too illiterate to write back. He also wrote to mayors, governors, and later, Harry S. Truman, but never received a reply. Due to this experience, it created a drive in Malcolm wanting a home education. Malcolm X was never one for inaction. Many factors influenced his want for better training, from not getting replies to letters he sent to the outside world to the inmates that were in prison serving time with him. In the Charlestown Prison, Malcolm X started to become envious of Bimbi, who was a more educated and more knowledgeable inmate who was also a follower of Elijah Muhammad.
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Cisse 2 With a new motivation to learn, Malcolm decided to mimic Bimbi but fell short due to his illiteracy. Malcolm X requested a supplies such as a dictionary, pencils, paper and decided to work on his penmanship. The easy task of copying and writing out the first dictionary were very
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