Summary Of Malcolm X's Essay What I Have Lived For

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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. I was lucky enough to reason also that I should try to improve my penmanship. It was sad. I couldn’t even write a straight line. (p. 20). Later, he requests for a dictionary, and slowly he started to pen down every single word, page by page from it, and by the time he…show more content…
Bertrand points out that the very first thing that he longs for is love – a fantastic wonderful thing which makes him to sacrifice his entire life for those few hours of joy where he seeks harmony in her company and would do anything for it because it knocks out the loneliness from his mind. Love leads him to heaven, which is compared to the saints and poets’ imagination, and the suffering can be eliminated. The second passion that Bertrand talks about is knowledge “I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine.” (1967, p. 64). He wants to know the deepest thoughts of humans and wonders why stars shine at night. He also implements the Pythagorean formula to know what it does it

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