Blog assignment 5- Diana N.

11 Apr

In the Article “Saved” by Malcolm X, one sees how personality and character are perceived in his story.  There is a true difference between the two because of the way Malcolm was seen to be by others and what he believed he was.  We know that personality is what other people see you as, who you are in your surroundings, while personalities can always change, your character doesn’t.  Character is something within you, something consistent that never changes just builds and builds into something stronger.

In “Saved” , Malcolm was seen as a black criminal, and emphasis on ‘black’.  A criminal with no education and low class, but he believed himself to be something more than what he was, and his letters to Muhammad while in prison encouraged and inspired him to be stronger and believe that he can be saved and god will forgive him.  He believed in the power of education and that’s what saved him.  Malcolm expresses his freedom in life, ”  Between Mr. Muhammad’s teachings, my correspondence, my visitors and my reading of books, months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned.  In fact, up to then, i never had been so truly free in life” (47).  With his new freedom of life, he becomes a historical figure for black society, which made him be viewed differently.   In all Malcolm never changed, he just got stronger and wiser; that’s his character.

 

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2 Responses to “Blog assignment 5- Diana N.”

  1. avane73 April 11, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    It is interesting to see that throughout the stories, one of the main foundations of personality is education. I think Malcom X did a great job expressing it’s importance empowering others to reach this ‘personality trait’.

  2. mcarpenter1394 April 12, 2013 at 2:55 am #

    I have to agree as well. In the stories and class discussions, a lot of the stories either start or end at education. It has to do with a persons personality as well as shaping a persons character at the same time.

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