By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
Scholars could be enlightened through this exam of the autobiography that used to be transcribed and built via journalist Alex Haley. The e-book positive factors an annotated bibliography, an creation through pupil Harold Bloom, and an inventory of different works through the writer.
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Extra info for Alex Haley's Autobiography of Malcolm X (Bloom's Guides)
Though Malcolm feels pleased with the way Islam is growing, he also feels frustrated by the lack of direct action: “I thought privately that we should have amended, or relaxed, our general non-engagement policy. ” Though Malcolm does not believe in integration, he is devoted to fighting for human rights for African Americans and committed to obtaining economic, educational, and political equality and justice. By expressing his views on the importance of political action, Malcolm further separates himself from his leader Elijah Muhammad, who does not want the Muslims to be associated or involved with politics.
The chapter dramatizes Malcolm’s downfall and depicts the depth to which he has sunk, juxtaposing this point in his life with the dramatic conversion he will undergo in prison. These years of crime are necessary for Malcolm’s personal growth and for the development of his ideology and intellect. ” Malcolm adds, “Every word I spoke was hip or profane. I would bet that my working vocabulary wasn’t two hundred words,” a detail that helps to contrast who he was at that point in time with the intellectually rigorous person he will become.
55 The epilogue reminds readers that the book is not a traditional autobiography—for the first time we hear Haley providing us with his own point of view and personal thoughts. Haley takes us behind the scenes, describing the interview sessions with Malcolm and allowing a more intimate view. At first, Haley almost gives up on the project because Malcolm refuses to reveal anything personal. But then Haley notices that while Malcolm is talking, he scribbles notes on napkins or scraps of paper that he sometimes leaves behind.
Alex Haley's Autobiography of Malcolm X (Bloom's Guides) by Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom