Personality and Character (Jasmine Moore)

10 Apr

 

In Malcolm X’s autobiography “Saved”, I believe that Malcolm felt lost as an individual. He originally was unsure about what was his purpose in life. Because of his actions/behavior he was viewed by society as a criminal, an angry person who belonged behind bars. It wasn’t until his brother introduced him to the teachings of Muhammad that Malcolm began to want to change his image. Malcolm was able to truly find himself and build his character in prison. He began to educate himself using all the resources that were available to him in the library. By reading the dictionary and novels he was able to learn new words.  For the first time in his life he could actually read something and comprehend/obtain information.

With the help of Muhammad, Malcolm was able to find the answers to his questions about life through the letters they wrote each other. As stated in the text “After he welcomed me into the true knowledge, he gave me something to think about…He told me to have courage” (144).But most importantly through Muhammad  he found his true identity and purpose in life. Which was to teach not only blacks but also other races about the history of African Americans before and during times of slavery. Malcolm basically made himself a self-proclaimed prophet because his second purpose in life was to spread the word about Muhammad’s teachings and to learn more about the Muslim religion. Malcolm was now at peace with himself because he knew who he was. Everything happens for a reason and he needed to be in prison in order to spend the time and put in the effort to build his character instead of his personality.

 

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4 Responses to “Personality and Character (Jasmine Moore)”

  1. csetton10 April 11, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    This was great because it shows that with different kinds of social elements, or in Malcoms case his brother, your personality can be changed for the better. Because Malcom was alone he was able to truly reflect on his character that was flawed from the start.

  2. col87 April 11, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    Colleen Egan: This was really good and touched on all the important parts of Malcoms character change from criminal to a man now famous for his speeches and work for equal rights for African Americans. And his brother ended up being thrown out had to have been hard on him since his brother was the one who introduced Muhammad and in that small way helped to start Malcom on his path to changing.

  3. cl293 April 11, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    I like your opinion on what you mention with Malcom X give a clear idea on what it is going on in the story and a how his character changes throughout his life and how that effects is living choices.

  4. lutherling12 April 11, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    I don’t think Malcolm X chose his character over his personality. I think with the time he spent in prison, he changed his character, which changed his personality just as much.

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