Word: Education and Richard Wright

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If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison and destroy. -Ralph Elision- Education is not a product: mark, diploma, job, money -- in that order: it’s a process, a never-ending one. -Bel Kaufman-

During last week, I read 2 excerpts from Richard Wright and Malcolm X’ autobiographical writing. The interesting part is the authors both got self- educated by reading books while they were in tough situations because of racism. Although the way they accessed to education was different, they had a strong feeling that word could lift them up, and fight for their people after reading books. Ralph Ellison once said “If the word has the potency to revive and make us free, it has also the power to blind, imprison, and destroy.” The similar quote is also right from Bel Kaufman, he said “Education is not a product: mark, diploma, job, money in that order; it is a process, a never ending one.” Words are the symbol human beings use to express what they want to say. It can be used in speaking and writing. Using words are the only thing people can do in order to communicate. Therefore when it comes to those who don’t have chance to learn in school, words will open the new whole world to them. That makes people escape from their ignorance, and enter to the world of education. Moreover, if people can use words fluently, it will be effective. Words do not have any physical power to kill, but mental power which can last in a long period of time. The quote of Ralph Elision is right, and it can apply in Richard Wright and Malcolm X’ situation. The criticism of people to Mencken makes Richard Wright curious, and brings him to books. The desire in writing letters, and the competition with his inmates bring Malcolm X to prison’s library to get dictionary and book. They both are brought to the new world, and find out their true feelings in reading books. With Richard, he thinks words can use as weapon to fight against unequal events...
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