CRITICAL LENS ESSAY
Education is knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process. It is also field of study that is concerned with the pedagogy of teaching and learning. "Only the educated are free" quoted by Epictetus (55-135 CE). This quote simply states lack of education can prevent you from improving in the future. Those who are educated are the ones who have things the way they want it to be. The statement is very accurate because of the fact education is knowledge and knowledge is needed in order to carry on a stable life. Success comes along with education. The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley and the novel Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quinonez both give examples of how education plays a major role in the two different characters' lives. Autobiography of Malcolm X represents the essence of how one failing person can overcome great obstacles through education. While Malcolm X is in prison he realizes what he is missing. He realizes that if he can't read or write formally he will always be envying others and feel bad for not getting any education during his early life. "Bimbi had always taken charge of any conversation he was in, and I had tried to emulate him. But every book I picked up had few sentences which didn't contain anywhere from one to nearly all of the words that might as well have been in Chinese."(174-175) Malcolm X starts to feel what lack of education is doing to him. He discovers he can't even write without using slang and he can't even read properly. He compares himself to Bimbi and notice the difference between those who are educated and those who are not.
His 10 years of prison life didn't go to waste he used it wisely by educating himself. Malcolm read varieties of literature made available in prison. Religion, race and world history were his favorite subjects. "Many, who today hear me somewhere in person or on the vision, or those who read something I've said, will think I went to school far...
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