Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
This paper discusses Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," an African-American autobiography, which chronicles the experiences of a young, black girl in the America of the 1930s.
# 54854 | 1,665 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 |
Published on Jan 06, 2005 in African-American Studies (General) , English (Analysis) , Literature (American)
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This paper explains that, by choosing to render an honest account of her own painful insecurities as a child, along with her frequent encounters with racism, sexism, and classicism, Angelou takes her readers through the process by which she learned to value herself and develop a sense of self-worth. The author points out that by using a simple plot structure of tracing her development from a insecure, awkward child to a mature, young woman who is confident of her self-worth, this book narrates a personal story of survival against all odds. The paper concludes the most important message of this autobiographical work is that it is possible for an individual to go through a great deal of pain and yet emerge as a strong person.
From the Paper:"In fact, Angelou's work provides horrific insight into the terrorization of black folk by the racist South of the 1930s. Angelou achieves this by recounting several incidents, which reveal the degree to which racism aroused both fear and hatred. For instance, when Bailey comes home late one evening, it is apparent that Momma's anger at him stems more from fear that a lynch mob has victimized him. Both Bailey and Maya learn the meaning of fear, hatred, and alienation all too soon as young children. In fact, they witness more than any young child in his or her formative years should ever have to see, as evidenced by Bailey's watching the delight of a white man over the corpse of a black man, with his genitals cut off."
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