"Questions for Analysis"

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Alexis A. Phillips
"Questions for Analysis"
Basic Critical Thinking - 28
Instructor: Cynthia Harrison

Questions for Analysis 1
1. What details of the events has each writer selected to focus on? The details that each writer selected to focus on their point of view on the event that laid up to Malcom X assassination and what actually happen when he did get killed. Each writer specifically focused on the victim, the place where the event took place, what the victim was doing in that place and the followers present in the event. 2. How has each writer organized the details that have been selected? Bear in mind that most news organizations present what they consider the most important information first and the least important information last. Each writer made clear on what they have seen basically who the suspect and killer were, where and when the actual assassination took place. They were very detailed. Each writer had their own specific way on how the event played out. 3. How does each writer interpret Malcolm X, his followers, the gunmen, and the significance of the assassination? Malcolm X was interpreted as a leader of a militant Black Nationalist movement, who was fighting for his rights. His followers were 400 Negroes in the Audubon Ballroom who looked up to Malcolm X. The gunman was interpreted as a 22- year- old Negro, Thomas Hagan. The significance of the assassination was that Malcolm X was gun down by his own kind. For example; one writer explains “Most shocking of all to the residents of Harlem was the fact that Malcolm had been killed not by “whitey” but by members of his own race.” While another writer stated “I heard people screaming, “Don’t let them kill him.” “Kill those bastards.” At an exit I saw some of Malcolm’s men beating with all their strength on two men.” 4. How has each writer used language to express his or her perspective and to influence the thinking of the reader? Which language...