Malcolm X :Themes

The most prominent theme that dominates the story is that of a self-made leader who makes a successful life for himself after experiencing abject poverty as a youth and prison as a young man. The film also confronts racism; much of Malcolm's railing from the pulpit speaks of the financial and social poverty experienced by those of his ethnicity in America. However, this theme has been much more sharply and unabashedly explored in Lee's earlier films; here it takes on a milder tone perhaps because Lee is more wisely interested in the life of Malcolm X, rather than focusing solely on the controversy that surrounded him all his life.

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