Literacy can bring great impacts that change lives. It can be a safe haven for those in times of need. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery, and his mistress secretly taught him to read. When his owner found out about this, the mistress never taught him again. However, Douglass would sneak books and try to read with every chance he got. He then learned to write by himself, and worked his way out of slavery. Malcolm X was imprisoned for burglary, where he taught himself to read. He used a dictionary
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an autobiography written in 1845 and The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley and written in 1965, both depict the trials each of these men, Frederick Douglass and Malcolm X, went through in bettering their situation against racism. Frederick Douglass was a slave for the earlier parts of his life, while in comparison Malcolm X was only an oppressed African-American. As time passed each in their own way realized that what they were experiencing
is to become literate in the language they speak. From reading sentences to reading paragraphs to reading novels, we try to achieve literacy. However, some of the greatest public speakers and writers did not achieve it through the way most people did. This is shown in the literary works of Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Sherman Alexie. Like these people, literacy isn’t achieved by simply going to school. It’s achieved through great perseverance and through great tenacity.
Literacy is power. Being taught to read and write is important to function in society. You learn to read and write to express your feelings and communicate with others. Frederick Douglass and Malcom X both succeeded in learning how to read and write, but in different ways. The education of Malcolm X was learned more formally. Frederick Douglass learned from his surroundings and the people around him. Malcom and Frederick battled in reading and writing, but learned in similar and different ways.
them and unjustly takes their rights away from them. In these essays, “Learning How to Read and Write” by Frederick Douglass and “Learning to Read” by Malcolm X, both authors tell their stories about how they found their way into the world of literacy even though they were banned to do it. Because they left ignorance back, they realize all the injustices that surround them. In my opinion, literacy is one of the most important tool humans possess to be aware of the issues of the world. Knowing about
main Idea Final Thought Topic Sentence Malcolm X VS. Frederick Douglass How would you compare your education experience with Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass? Education comes from attending elementary; middle school, high school, and college. However education can also come from home if the education is legitimate. In Malcolm X's "A Homemade Education," Malcolm discusses his struggles between the language on his childhood streets growing up and the
learning to read and write. Literacy is what allows us to gain knowledge through learning. This topic is important because based on a study conducted by the U.S Department of Education and the National Institution of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S are still unable to read and write and African Americans are expected to make up nearly half of that amount. In both Fredrick Douglass’ “Learning to Read” and Malcolm X’s “A Homemade Education,” common themes regarding literacy and freedom are identified
The Key to Freedom The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, are both autobiographies that tell the incredible stories of two African-American men trying to find their place in the world. Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass lived at different points in time, but they both strived to be better and to help better the lives of the African-Americans of their time. Frederick Douglass was born and grew up a slave until he ran
competition between every human to succeed. As one gains knowledge through literacy, it can extend, toward one achieving their goals or achievements in life. The strategies when going over a reading assignment in a major part of what one is trying to comprehend the text. When some people do not have the same familiarity with English through education, they take it as a challenge and find the motivation to master it. Malcolm X had some understanding of reading, but never had a full understanding of
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