"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings": Angelou's Autobiography Analytical Essay by JPWrite
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings": Angelou's Autobiography
This paper relates the story of Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", who grew up prior to the Civil Rights movement.
# 66849 | 995 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Jun 21, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Gender)
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This paper explains that, in Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", a story based on her life, the two things which propelled young Maya into adolescence were her thirst for learning and her love of reading. The author tells of several aspects of Angelou's life including her attending college at the age of fourteen and the birth of a baby boy out of wedlock. The paper concludes that, even today, Maya Angelou, who is a product of Stamps and Oakland and of the disdain and hatred of pre-Civil Rights Negroes, seeks freedom for all people, black and white, so that they are not a caged bird.
From the Paper:"Maya also became somewhat of a dreamer, especially when thoughts of her mother, Vivian Baxter, arose from time to time. It seems that a movie star of that period, Kay Francis, was supposed to look like their mother, and the two would go to the movies- the colored balcony, of course, every time a Kay Francis movie would be shown at the local theatre. Slowly, there was a need for mother and daughter to reunite. But, still the heart and soul of Maya was her education. "I had met and loved the Bronte sisters, and had replaced Kipling's 'If' with 'Invictus'.""
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