His writing was sloppy. X says, “I was lucky enough to reason also that I should try to improve my penmanship… I couldn’t even write in a straight line”. Every time X picked up a book, he couldn’t understand it because he didn’t know the words and their meanings in the sentences. When X was in the Charlestown prison he met a man named Bimbi. X was envious of him because of his knowledge.
The story of Malcolm X, “A Homemade Education” specifies how while he was in jail he read even in the dark, only with the glow of a corridor light. This shows that he was determinant to learn and that determination was a great characteristic on him. It also shows how determination is very important in our lives to succeed. For example, in the short story “College” by Anzia Yazierska she describes that she couldn’t jump over the hurdle and that all her classmates were laughing about her. It was embarrassing for her but she had a goal, to graduate from college.
In the essay "A Homemade Education," Malcolm X describes how he became interested in reading and learned to educated himself in prison. He is glad that his homemade education changed his life and led him to success. When Malcolm went to prison, he find his spelling and handwriting is so bad that he couldn't even write in a straight line. Because of Bimbi' s huge knowledge, he could take charge their conversation. It made Malcolm felt shame and then decided to learn reading.
Alexie also read from his father's vast collection of books, which were acquired mostly from pawnshops and second hand stores since paychecks were far and few between on the reservation. Alexie excelled past his Native American peers in reading and writing causing him to get into fights and to be ridiculed by his peers. Native American children were supposed to fail, but Alexie refused to succumb to that stereotype. Alexie fought against the stereotype just like Superman fought against evil in the comics he used to read. Alexie’s passion has lead him to become a teacher.
As he soon realized, Johnny could not work almost any other job, except for jobs he did not care for, like butchering. Soon after, he stopped living with the Lapham’s and set out on his own. Finally, Johnny found work at the Boston Observer, which was a newspaper press. He delivered papers, and because the Boston Observer was involved in the Sons of Liberty, a patriotic rebellious group, he almost acted as a spy. It was extremely hard to learn to ride horse-back with a crippled hand, but as he learned it taught him patience.
Biography, chronological order, illiterate to litrate and led the world .Malcolm X, the author of “Prison Studies”, narrates about the time he has spent in prison which enables him to educate himself which in the end, changes his life. Malcolm started off by talking about the prison where his interest was ignited towards reading and writing. It was Bimbi, his fellow prisoner whom Malcolm tried to imitate who had a very good command in his language. It was then, Malcolm picks up an article and tires to read it but, but he couldn’t get past a few sentences before he realized that it was a different language. Malclm X () decides that he needs to have a grip on the language before reading articles: I saw that the best thing I could do was get hold of a dictionary – to study, to learn some words.
He gives all the credit for this to his time in prison. While in prison Malcolm X would listen to his friend Bimbi speak and was in complete amazement of how he took control of the control conversation. Malcolm X was envious of Bimbi’s “stock of knowledge,” and he wanted to be just like his friend. Malcolm X now had the motivation that he needed to overcome his inability to read and write. Malcolm X requested a dictionary and found that there were more words then he had ever known.
Malcolm X journey begin in Charlestown Prison. When he decided to write a letter to Mr. Muhammad, Malcolm X then realized that his need to express how he felt was limited, because of his lack of education. While in prison Malcolm X met a man named Bimbi, whom he envied because of his knowledge.
So Malcolm starts reading the dictionary everyday for hours. Then Malcolm would copy every word from the dictionary page right down to the punctuation. He would read it back top himself over and over. Eventually Malcolm had copied that entire dictionary. Malcolm read books in the jail’s library so frequently that the librarian would let him take a few extra books back to his cell.
English 073 My View by reading Malcolm X Malcolm X changed his life by reading a lot of books. He was just a street man before. The good thing is for him to be consent that prison was the first thing that made his life to be changed. By reading every kind of books he learned a lot for people, places, and events for history. It was very hard for him to read in the prison because he couldn’t read late nights.