Maya Angelou, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Maya Angelou, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
Examines this autobiography's portrayal of the harshness of black life (rape, racism, poverty and abandonment) in America's South.
# 14296 | 1,350 words | 3 sources | 1999 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)


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"This study will examine the theme of the harshness of black life in the South, focusing on the experiences of Maya Angelou in her autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou suffered poverty, racism, child abuse, rape, abandonment, and a self-hatred born of a society dominated by white images of beauty and worth.

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"This study will examine the theme of the harshness of black life in the South, focusing on the experiences of Maya Angelou in her autobiographical I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou suffered poverty, racism, child abuse, rape, abandonment, and a self-hatred born of a society dominated by white images of beauty and worth. Angelou eventually learns her own worth as a black woman, as a creative speaker and writer, and as an individual human being, but, unfortunately, those beautiful and redemptive truths comes only after a youth full of suffering.

As McPherson notes, "Angelou's initial crisis" involves "her acceptance of herself as an outcast (because of her rejection by her parents" (McPherson 16). Angelou returns to this crisis as the crux of her predicament and that of blacks in the South: "Why did they send us away, and What did we do so wrong? So Wrong?""

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