Personality and Character

11 Apr

After closely re-examining the autobiography of Malcolm X, Saved, it can be easily seen, that there is a dormant, yet overwhelming conflict between his character and personality.  Malcolm X was born in Omaha, Nebraska, which during that time was extremely racist and segregated.  Part of the struggle was with his ancestry, his mother was of mixed race, white and black she never knew her father.  She did her best trying to raise a family, but it definitely was an arduous task at best.  Unfortunately all of the racial chaos, results in the brutal death of his beloved father. It is definitely evident how Malcolm X’s character was undeveloped due to his like of proper parenting.

After the death of his father, Malcolm is forced to move to Boston to live with his sister Ella, who would help to shape his character and personality.  In Boston, he is introduced to “urban street life”, which becomes a detriment to him.  In Boston, Malcolm X, becomes intoxicated with gambling, drugs, and womanizing.  He takes a job working with a railroad company, which helps him to escape to New York.   The role of personality becomes very apparent to Malcolm, when he became incarcerated, and then inducted into the Federal Penal system.  Character definitely comes to center stage, when Malcolm is introduced to education, and the religion of Islam, which ultimately changes and helps him to shape his true character and personality.  Character is ones morals, values, and integrity.  Personality is how a person or society views and perceives a person, and can be obscured or seriously flawed.  In Malcolm X’s position in the global community personality and character are essential, that is the reason why the quote ““Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from Birth must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient, is one of my favorite quotes by Malcolm X.  This quote shows how character and personality are so important, yet are so easily confused and not truly under stood, and manipulated.  It is very unfortunate, and ironic that Malcolm X was also brutally murdered.


Anthony T Bynum



One Response to “Personality and Character”

  1. makiaharper April 14, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    What a powerful quote from Malcolm! Also, what an insightful correlation with his lack of proper parenting and the role that finding and accepting one’s identity plays in developing character.

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