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Can anyone explain some important passages from Chapter 17 in The Autobiography of...

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tiran | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 6, 2010 at 6:46 AM via web

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Can anyone explain some important passages from Chapter 17 in The Autobiography of Malcolm X?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 6, 2010 at 7:26 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that there are many important passages from this chapter, the final step in his evolution.  I think you could focus on the initial impressions of his arrival at Mecca, not being able to speak the language and not knowing anyone there.  There is a sense of lonliness that permeates much of what he is experiencing.  This is contrasted with the sense of brotherhood he feels when he visits Mecca and fulfillis the sacred duty of the Hajj.  There sense of pure community that Malcolm finds is expressed through his writing and focusing on these passages might be very good, as well.  It is important to keep in mind that the tone of the work changes in this chapter and selection of passages can highlight this shift in tonal perception.

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