malcolm x Essays

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Malcolm X was a very interesting and complicated person. Throughout his life, Malcolm had exposure to practically every type of person the world had to offer. In his younger years, he excelled in his community predominately surrounded by whites. He then got into the hustling business within the black community which supplied for all types of people. After that, he joined the Nation of Islam, joining himself with many Muslims. Lastly, Malcolm went on a Hajj to Africa, where his communication with a diverse group of people expanded. Each time Malcolm had a new group of people in his life, he had a different alias to go by. Whichever one is remembered most, Malcolm Little, Malcolm X or El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, his impact on society will be …show more content…
As in many aspects of his life, the book gave more details of Malcolm’s life inside the steel bars. Since no one was in jail with him that was interviewed in the film, we could not get a good presentation of others’ views of his experiences in jail. While in prison, Malcolm hears about the Nation of Islam through his family. The leader of the group, Elijah Mohammed had a central idea that all white men were devils. In learning this, Malcolm thought back to all of the white people he had previously encountered. It is easier for us to understand Malcolm’s thought process after reading the book, since the film did not tell us of all of his relationships with white people. Malcolm then converted to Islam.
Replacing his last name with “X” did more than just change his name, it changed his personality. He changed his last named because he did not want to be connected in any way with his old last name that was given to his ancestors by slave owners. The film really let us know his displeasure with his old last name. During an interview, Malcolm refused to tell his interviewer his given last name. I felt as though the movie was very helpful in learning about him as Malcolm X. The book would tell us about how Malcolm gave powerful speeches and little details about his preaching but you cannot replace the actual footage of his speeches. On several occasions, the movie displayed Malcolm’s relentlessness to preach to all that would listen to him about the…

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