Reading a process. The first step is to learn how to read the letters that are written on the page. Next, you have to learn to understand what all of these words mean put together. Finally, you think about there meaning in coordination with all of the other words in the essay, book, article, etc. and relate them to things that you know from previous encounters and form a perspective. Throughout the course of this paper, I will use Malcolm X as an example to show how someone grows as a reader. I will also discuss the how when a writer speaks of themselves in a story they are both the teller of the story and the character.
Malcolm X was a hustler; he ran the streets, until the law caught up with him. He was sentenced to time in prison. When he got there he realized that he was not as knowledgeable as he thought. In his biography he says, “In the street, I had been the most articulate hustler out there – I had commanded attention when I said something. But now, trying to write simple English, I not only wasn’t articulate, I wasn’t even functional.” He first realized that he wanted to increase his knowledge of the English language when he met a fellow prisoner that commanded everyone’s attention. In Malcom X’s words, “Bimbi first made me feel envy of his stock of knowledge. Bimbi had always taken charge of any conversations he was in, and I had tried to emulate him.” This is where Malcolm first describes how he was as a reader at the beginning of his time in prison. Malcolm X grabbed a dictionary and started reading and memorizing what was on the pages. He says, “I began copying. In my slow, painstaking, ragged handwriting, I copied into my tablet everything printed on that first page, down to the punctuation marks. I believe it took me a day. Then, aloud, I read back, to myself, I read my own handwriting.” Malcolm simply believed everything he read. He wasn’t absorbing the true meaning of the words or how to use them in context. He simply memorized...
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