Reflect on "Saved" in The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Saved" is an important chapter in the text, an an equally important moment in Malcolm's life.  The idea of being able to be "reclaimed" or "found" from a life where there was much in way of loss is powerful.  Malcolm writes with a sense of purpose and this becomes the basis for the rest of his life.  Some corner has been turned in this chapter.  One of the most noteworthy elements present here is how Malcolm balances the idea of being able to be completely devoted to the Nation of Islam, but also embraces his new found sense of autonomy and choice that is present in his life.  He acts with complete deference to the Nation of Islam, but he continues to act in a manner that brings attention to himself.  This is something that will end up causing conflict for him in later chapters, but is something that presents himself in this chapter.  Additionally, Malcolm is shown to take a structural or institutional problem of racism and apply it both globally and locally.  He writes letters to the Governor and to President Truman, but also writes letters to people with whom he used to hang and run.  This is something interesting that comes out of this section because it is going to reflect how Malcolm views action in a dual manner.  There is a structural level within which one can act and a localized manner in which one has to act in order to achieve real and significant social change.

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