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In Chapter 11 of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," what was his transitional journey?

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marisbecofran | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 5, 2010 at 9:06 AM via web

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In Chapter 11 of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," what was his transitional journey?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 5, 2010 at 9:18 AM (Answer #1)

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In this chapter, Malcolm X's transitional journey is not an actual journey where he goes somewhere.  Instead, it is a spiritual or mental or emotional journey.

This journey is one in which he starts to become more proud of his African ancestry and more confident in his skills.  He acquires a great deal more book learning and he starts to gain confidence through his participation in debates and in trying to convert inmates to join the Nation of Islam.

So, his transitional journey is one of gaining confidence.  Much of this is done by education -- by learning book subjects, but also by learning new skills.

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

Posted January 5, 2010 at 9:24 AM (Answer #2)

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The transitional journey Malcolm undergoes is the one that allows him to perceive a more valid nature of reality.  From a consciousness that was surface, engaged in matters that diverted from the pressing conditions at hand, Malcolm becomes more aware of the divisive issue of race/ ethnicity and begins to examine this reality in more of a critical manner.  His transitional journey was one from an oblivious state to a more critical state of being in the world.  Malcolm is now able to use his understanding and teachings, as given through the Nation of Islam, as the basis for a form of existence that peers through reality and exposes it for what it is in terms of power, race, and social identity.  It is this journey- from a form of consciousness that failed to examine reality- to a new one, where individuals examine what is there in the hopes of creating what should be.

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