“A Homemade Education” Malcolm X
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1. A feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck.
1. A type of language that consists of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal, are more common in speech than writing, and are typically restricted to a particular context or group of people.
1. (Of a person or a person's words) having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently.
1. A close similarity, connection, or equivalence.
1. Match or surpass (a person or achievement), typically by imitation.
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He felt this way because he did not have the proper education to write letters to the outside world because as Malcolm says, “trying to write simple English, I not only wasn’t articulate, I wasn’t functional”. This quote shows just how trapped Malcolm felt. Malcolm says, “every book I pick up had few sentences which didn’t contain anywhere from one to nearly all the words that might as well have been in Chinese”. This shows his frustration and how he can too, relate to first time readers being incapable of picking up a book for the first time and thoroughly deciphering each paragraph. Malcolm X over all message to the readers, is do not wait for something to happen or for someone to help you, rather go out take action and do what you feel is necessary to achieve the goals you have set before you. I believe once Malcolm X self-educates himself and meets his goals, you can sense a feel of excitement and relief, Malcolm says, “Months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned. In fact, up then. I had never been so truly free in my life.” Malcolm X is telling the audience that even though he had been imprisoned, physically behind cell doors, the knowledge that he carries with him now has truly set him free.
Analyzing two short stories “Homemade Education” by Malcolm X, and “Learning How to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglas. These two short stories go hand...