Writing prompt identify the rhetorical patterns malcolm x uses in his text my first conk and evaluate their effectiveness after analyzing his text structure, explain his point of view and overall argument. The conk symbolized his transgression from being natural, to following the example of most blacks and wanting to look more like the white people, as was the way to look prettier by the majority's standards. 1 what exactly is a conk why does malcolm x want to get his hair conked what does the conk symbolize to him at the time he gets it what does it symbolize at the time he writes about it. Red's english blog i'm an english 1301 student at mt view, and this blog is required for my english class malcolm x's my first conk 1 what exactly is a conk. Malcolm x describes how he and his friend, shorty, conked their hair the conk was a hairstyle popular among african american men from the 1920s to the 1960s this hairstyle called for a man with naturally kinky hair to have it chemically straightened using a relaxer (sometimes pure lye), so that the now straight hair can be styled.
We could go on and on telling you about the symbolism behind the conk, but malcolm has already explained it for us he says: this was my first really big step toward self-degradation: when i endured all of that pain, literally burning my flesh to have it look like a white man's hair. My first day at work there are many reasons my first day of work was one to remember it was a normal monday morning it was a normal monday morning i got up, took a shower, got change and sat down for some cereal. Eng 073 07 fall 2010 / hccc javedd khan october 27, 2010 analytical reading due monday, november 1 my first conk: malcolm x comprehension 1 what exactly is a conk. Malcolm wanted the conk at first because he wanted to look like his friend shorty and other negro men and women who had taken these steps to be accepted by the white society when malcolm received the conk it symbolized him being pretty by white standards.
Malcolm x wanted to get his hair conked so that he would resemble a white man i think that malcolm x was looking to be accepted by the white race, and so he conked his hair to try and achieve that at the time, the conk symbolized acceptance no longer be inferior to white men. My first conk please answer each question with a minimum of 6 sentence paragraphs per post the autobiography of malcolm x was published in 1964, when many african americans regularly straightened their hair. Malcolm x, at age 15, sporting a conk and a zoot suit sidestepping the resistance of the conk, malcolm was utterly harsh on his first conk, as he was utterly harsh on his own assimilationist ideas he described it as my first really big step toward self-degradation: when i endured all of that pain, literally burning my flesh to have it look. Examination on the autobiography of malcolm x one of the tenants of the unia (universal negro improvement association) was that black people in america should unite with and engage in international commerce with black people on the african continent. Malcolm x wants to get his hair conked because it will make him feel more equal to whites and he will achieve a level of cool to him, it symbolizes his equality to white people now it shows that negros have accepted that whites have a sort of superiority over them and it is their symbolic surrender to that theory.
1a what exactly is a conk a hair straghting procedure 1bwhy did malcolm x want to get his hair conked malcolm thought that conking ones' hair was a step into sophistication. Malcolm x wanted to get his hair conked because his hair was finally long enough at the time he got it, it symbolized being free of a lifetime of naps when he wrote it, it symbolized him trying to imitate whites. He draped the towel around my shoulders, over my rubber apron, and began again vaselining my hair i could feel him combing, straight back, first the big comb, then the fine- tooth one then, he was using a razor, very delicately, on the back of my neck. It shows how excited malcolm x is to conk his hair for the first time this, of course, is before he realizes the major degradation he was then committing at the time, he believed he was just blending in with his fellow african americans.
Name _____ honors comp 1 block ___ date _____ patterns ch 9 process essays choice reading 5 write down two transitional phrases or sentences the author uses to move the reader through. Malcom x and his article titled my first conk say that black men conked their hairs to unify their existence in the society of white people. Relaxed hair in particular was an anathema to malcolm x for the rest of his life he described his first conk in the autobiography this way: this was my first really big step toward self-degredation: when i endured all of that pain [of the hair-straightening chemicals], literally burning my flesh to have it look like a white man. Malcolm x my first conk home essays malcolm x my first conk ap english iii october 14, 2011 the inside counts in malcolm x's personal essay, my first conk, malcolm x describes a moment in his life where he changed his hairstyle.
Why do you think malcolm x write this selection as a process explanation instead of a set of instructions a set of instructions would not be able to give the full meaning and lesson of his story the way he wrote it allowed more insight into the process, as it was happening to get the reader fully aware of everything he went through to try and. Here is some of what malcolm x wrote in his autobiography about changing his hair to make it more like the hair of a white person--- shorty soon decided that my hair was finally long enough to be conked. Malcolm x my first conk reading questions author: mstultz72 download from enotes (free) autobiography of malcolm x project menu (teacherspayteachers).
Malcolm x got his hair conked to look like a very sophisticated young man what it symbolized to him at the time was that he almost looked like a white man now he looks back on it and realizes how dumb it was that he brought himself to that level. The conk was a major plot device in spike lee's film biography malcolm x, based upon malcolm x's own condemnation of the hairstyle as black self-degradation in his autobiography because of its implications about.
Malcolm x's my first conk was a very educational interesting read this short story teaches you about a conk and it's meaning this short story teaches you about a conk and it's meaning (in malcolm x's opinion. Malcolm x's my first conk ronald e satterfield jr eng 101 rhetorical analysis of malcolm x's my first conk malcolm x was an activist, a devout muslim, as well as a reformed criminal the audiences malcolm attempted to reach were his fellow civil rights leaders, other muslims, and those who were still living a criminal lifestyle. My first conk is an autograph of malcolm x stating that he dislikes how black people undergo pain when they try to change their hair in order to look like the white people.