ALA lesson 2 - Tong 1 Esaias Tong K. Sanders ENGL 1301...

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Tong 1 Esaias Tong K. Sanders ENGL 1301 7/30/2011 Coming to Awareness of Language Read "Coming to Awareness of Language" by Malcolm X in "75 Readings," and then answer the following questions: 1. The author is organizing by narration. Which type of narration would this text fall into? Expressive, Literary, Persuasive or Referential? Explain why? This text would fall into expressive narration. Malcolm first introduces his action of writing letters to hustlers like “Sammy the Pimp” or “the thief Jumpsteady”, It can be seen in the text that the sequence of events are very fragmented and episodic. Different segments of his prison life are introduced in chronological order, connected with the associations he makes from one event to the other. 2. What is the author’s purpose in writing this narrative? His purpose is to express the freedom and awareness gained from learning how to read and write. Malcolm states in the final paragraph “I could for the first time pick up a book and read and now begin to understand what the book was saying. Anyone who has read a great deal can imagine the new world that opened”. He believes the written word is a powerful media to express himself. Without this media, as in his stay at the state prison, his illiteracy makes him feel imprisoned, but after learning how to express himself with the written language, he feels liberated.
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