Personality and Character

11 Apr

    In the piece “Saved,” by Malcolm X, there is a strong theme of personality versus character. Although the two are generally perceived as the same or similar to one another, they are in fact two very different things. Personality is the way a person acts or shows him/herself to others. It usually changes based on the person’s surroundings. Character, on the other hand, is more of a constant. A person’s character never changes no matter who he/she is around- it is more of a “true” identity. To society, Malcolm X was perceived as a trouble-maker, just another uneducated Black prisoner.

          This can be defined as Malcolm X’s personality. It is the way others saw him and the traits they perceived him to possess. From the reading, however, it is clear that Malcolm X is not just another criminal. He is a religious man with a desire to be educated. He says “I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. i knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life.” To most of American society, this was not the Malcolm X that they had pegged him as. He was a homeless criminal who could contribute nothing to society. I think that the concept of manipulation is tied to this contradiction because people can be manipulated to stereotype a certain image and associate it with a certain personality. Through Malcolm X, we see that those stereotypical personalities are often not true.

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One Response to “Personality and Character”

  1. mshnayd April 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Personally, I am a big fan of Malcom X, I think he had a very strong based personality, and a very tough character.

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