A sample essay is based on Malcolm X’s speech and book “The President’s Address” by Johnson. The paper incorporates the chosen quotations that are smartly used to structure the ideas communicated through the speech. Some concepts are, on the contrary, paraphrased to complement the discussion. The following annotated thoughts attributed to the speech are articulated with:
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- “MX claims racist brutality and inverted logic of American society”;
- “MX claims that politicians placate voters while only pretending to address social ills.
Some other parts of the speech proclaiming the oppressiveness of the American society are called upon to confront the ideas introduced by Johnson in his book. For example, the following citation can be interpreted as one criticizing Johnson’s view, “They ignore the fact that no, it is not thievery alone. It’s a corrupt, vicious, hypocritical system that has castrated the Black man” (Malcolm X, 1965, p. 5).
I can predict that the professor would like us to follow a similar approach to our own essay. Firstly, it would be necessary to identify the vital problematic areas that are appealed to in Malcolm X’s speech. They will serve as a basis for the structure of the future essay. Secondly, the direct quotations from Malcolm X’s speech and Johnson’s book would be interesting to juxtapose and analyze from the perspective of a particular issue. Finally, some relative parts of the sources should further be underlined by paraphrased to deeper investigate the authors’ views. Overall, the essay has to be drafted according to the discussed ideas through contrasting different perspectives. In the end, a critical conclusion is expected to be provided on the investigated issues, and a position should be stated clearly.
Malcom, X. (1965). After the Firebombing (Feb. 14, 1965). MALCOLM X: The Most Complete Collection of Malcolm X Speeches, Debates and Interviews Ever Assembled. Web.