Learning to read by Malcolm X is an autobiographical piece describing his self-education. Malcom describes being “Increasingly frustrated. At not being able to express what I(He) wanted to convey in letters.” This gave him the drive to learn to read and write during his time in Charlestown Prison, and Norfolk Prison. He started his self-education by reading books, piecing together the bits that he could understand using context to complete sentences he could not comprehend. The absence of words in his vocabulary struck him as his biggest setback and this led him to the conclusion that “the best thing I could do was get hold of a dictionary – to study, to learn some words.” Through the Norfolk Prison school Malcolm acquired a dictionary, along with some tablets and pencils.
The Hardships in Life As we grow up, we learn to solve our own problems and overcome the hardships we face. A good example is Frederick Douglass’s hardship of learning how to read and write, and how he overcame the situation that he was by working hard. Likewise, obtaining my US citizenship is my hardship I am facing. Like Douglass, I must find a way to persevere and find a solution to my hardship. First of all, Frederick Douglass hardship was the anger of not knowing how to read and write, and not have the ability, the capacity, and the resources to learn by himself.
Though I must admit had I not been instructed to read a few passages from A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, a work of this nature would have taken its firm place closer to the bottom of the list of works of American literature I wanted to get acquainted with, for my initial impression of the book was that the significance of the 17th-century text would be derived rather from its historical value than conventional literary substance, nevertheless, I was delighted to be proven wrong. Personally, I was intrigued by Rowlandson’s mental attitude in the face of such dreadful events. This was the first time I had ever come across a clear description of what goes on in the brain of a person whose belief in God is absolutely unshakeable, and I imagine many people would benefit from reading this as much as I did
His poem is complex and difficult to understand for a reason: he wants his readers to realize that if they do not understand his poem, then they are lacking the knowledge they should already possess. Heart of Darkness has multiple messages about humankind and imperialism, but its most prominent idea is that humankind as a whole has ceased to involve itself in immense growth. In the novel,
Morality is a topic that will always contain a variety of viewpoints, conversations, and problems, but it is a subject that will never have a factual or concrete answer. Although it has history and many similar general understandings, morality is, simply put, an idea, to which people have different perceptions within their lives due to information gained from their experiences and the thoughts of others. Friedrich Nietzsche describes his view of the issue in On the Genealogy of Morals, creating a main talking point through detailing the difference between “master” morality and “slave” morality. He describes this separation by showing that originally, people of power dictated what was good and bad, as they valued qualities such as physical strength
I was encouraged to read and write more. However, it didn’t help, my spelling remained poor, as did my reading, writing and grammar. I consider myself extremely competitive which I believe has contributed to my success to date. I always strive to be the best and get extremely disheartened when I am not good at something. I believe this has resulted in such a disliking for reading and writing over the years as I could never do
The author, in this case, tries to communicate that it is not possible to have a conversation about analysis or rather critical analysis with the majority students without having to incorporate aspects of their cultural expectations. I agree with the writer in the sense that critical thinking has active components and as such, it is important to establish the cultural expectations for better understanding. The author rightly points out that critical analysis is not merely a writing technique, but it involves many cultural undertones. It implies a relationship, a tone, and texts that are learned both consciously and unconsciously. It is a particularly complicated for someone brought up in a different cultural setting to understand the tone, and style of critical analysis that is found conventional.
I asked myself if these human qualities were not fostered, won, struggled and suffered for, preserved in ritual from one generation to another…” (Richard Wright, Black Boy, pg. ). It is no common fact that the times we live in are more forward thinking and accepting of differences. However, ignorance about the differences between people can lead to severed friendships or biased hatred. No one can truly know what anyone thinks or feels, but by reading books about the things they do not understand, people can educate themselves.
Schopenhauer’s claim reveals a clear possibility that reading is a hindrance of one’s learning, not an augment. One who lacks independent thinking will lack a clear understanding of the subject. This value of independent thought should be incorporated into all learning regardless of subject to increase understanding and liking. Thought is central to today’s learning. Complete understanding of a subject, however, proves difficult.
3. While living on the Hugh’s property in Maryland, Douglass was given, although indirectly, the opportunity to read. Despite his longing to become literate, Douglass soon realized that understanding the world around him may not be as easy as it seemed. Douglass explained that his ability to read and learn about local communities made him upset, as literacy had made him aware of his “wretched condition, without the remedy” (Pg 29). Douglass started to realize that he was in a terrible position, and he longed more than ever to be free from his slavery.
The thought of a slave having a chance to become educated and find a passion for something other than working for their masters infuriated, and simply stated, troubled their owners. The sheer thought that someone would want to keep somebody from advancing themselves as a person with an opportunity to better their life is horrible. Even worse though, is that someone could act and feel this way when they freely have access to this powerful object, called
In Brave New World Bernard feels oppressed, resulting in his determination to break away from the seemingly utopian society. While discussing the hypocrisy of conditioning with Lenina, Bernard discusses the feeling of being enslaved, “No the real problem is: How is it that I can’t, or rather because, after all, I know quite well why I can’t -- what would it be like If I could, if I were free -- not enslaved by my conditioning” (Huxley 78). Bernard’s life is always controlled; therefore, he ponders on what life would be like if he was self-determining. He has a longing to break away from the seemingly utopian society; thus ending his mental deterioration that is prevalent due to his lack of control. Furthermore, Bernard receives a permit to visit the Mexican Reservation as a holiday.
Fredrick Douglas was not as happy as he expected to be when he was finally able to read. He stated, “I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing.” He is saying reading only gives him new worries, and no hopes. In the paragraph he talks about how reading would solve one of his problems, only to create a bigger one. This frustrated him because he wanted to figure out how to solve all of his problems. He also wanted to find a book about a slave talking to his master, without getting hurt.