Essay on F. Malcolm X : An American Muslim Minister And Human Rights

1220 Words May 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Oftentimes, authors create certain characters to resemble a reality, as in the case of Guitar, from Toni Morrison’s novel, Song of Solomon. Guitar Bains, the main character Macon “Milkman” Dead III’s best friend, is an African-American man living in a time of great discrimination. It is likely Morrison creates Guitar in attempt to represent the feelings of many African-Americans during this time, specifically Malcolm X. Malcolm X was an American-Muslim minister and human rights activist. Most of his work is from 1946, when he joined the Nation of Islam while in prison, until his assassination in February of 1965, by three members of the Nation of Islam. The Nation of Islam is also referred to as the ‘Black Muslims.’
His autobiography, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, was published shortly after his death and is widely considered one of the most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century. In the novel, Guitar and Malcolm X share various similarities, such as their views on politics, leadership skills, and their idea on the influence of history and geography. Perhaps the most striking of their similarities is their belief that violence is a necessary retaliation tool. Malcolm X advocated for the use of violence as a reprisal in his push towards equality. It is evident that Guitar believes in that, as he participates in The Seven Days, a local gang that looks to reciprocate the murders of innocent blacks back onto the white community. Guitar’s character is critical…

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