By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom
Scholars may be enlightened via this exam of the autobiography that was once transcribed and developed by means of journalist Alex Haley. The booklet good points an annotated bibliography, an advent via pupil Harold Bloom, and an inventory of alternative works through the writer.
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Extra info for Alex Haley's Autobiography of Malcolm X (Bloom's Guides)
57 During his lifetime, Malcolm X was one of the most admired and hated men in the United States. Decades after his death, his name continues to provoke many different emotions. The dramatic changes in Malcolm’s life reveal his thirst for knowledge and quest for truth. ” Malcolm X’s reputation and influence as a black political activist and leader have continued to grow over the years, as the Autobiography still resonates with readers today. Works Cited Condit, Celeste Michelle and John Louis Lucaites, “Malcolm X and the Limits of the Rhetoric of Revolutionary Dissent,” Journal of Black Studies 23, no.
The beginning of this chapter works as a dramatic device, revealing just how much of a radical transformation he undergoes when he finds Allah. Malcolm encounters one positive influence during his first year in prison, a confident, well-read older black prisoner, Bimbi, who commands the respect of both the guards and inmates. Bimbi “liked to talk about historical events and figures” and speaks on a wide range of subjects, including the author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau. Bimbi represents one of the many father figures who appear throughout Malcolm’s life.
At the last rally at which Elijah and Malcolm X appear together, in 1963, Elijah calls Malcolm his “most faithful hardworking minister. ” It is around this time that in his lectures Malcolm begins speaking less about the moral codes: “I taught social doctrine to Muslims, and current events, and politics. ” The reason for this shift is because “my faith had been shaken in a way that I can never fully describe. ” Malcolm claims that as far back as 1955 he had heard rumors about Elijah’s adultery but never believed the whispered allegations could be true: “And so my mind simply refused to accept anything so grotesque as adultery mentioned in the same breath with Mr.