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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings: Cages - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings:  Cages            Maya Angelou wrote an amazing and entertaining autobiography titled I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, about her hard life growing up as a black girl from the South.  Among the hardships are things known as "cages" as stated as a metaphor from Paul Dunbar's poem "Sympathy."  "Cages" are things that keep people from succeeding in life and being everything they want to be.  Some of Maya Angelou's cages include being black in the 1940's and her overbearing grandmother.  In my life, a "cage" is my young age, this causes problems with adults....   [tags: Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Essays] 916 words
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - In the autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the main character Marguerite Johnson, is influenced by a preponderance of characters including Bailey Jr. , Momma Henderson, and Mrs. Bertha Flowers. One of the primary influences is her older brother, Bailey Jr.. Momma, or Annie Henderson, the parental grandmother, also plays an important role for Maya. Additionally, Mrs. Flowers, the black aristocrat of Stamps, saves Maya during an especially difficult time. All in all, these three characters act as important role models in the development of Marguerite through her juvenile years....   [tags: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings] 500 words
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Storm the Battlefronts - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Storm the Battlefronts I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  Maya Angelou's novel is a classic tale of growing up black in the American South in the 1930s and 40s. Even though Marguerite's and her brother Bailey's childhood and early youth are probably far from typical for the average black family of that time, the book nonetheless can be read as a parable of what it meant and still means to be a black person in an overwhelmingly white society. The story is told from a "black" point of view and is thus a more "politically correct" representation of race relationship and prejudice than Harper Lee's equally famous To Kill a Mockingbird....   [tags: Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Essays] 523 words
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Race Relations in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - Race Relations in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou The reasons listed by the censors for banning I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings do not explain the widespread controversy around the novel. There is reason to believe that the question of the novel is in its poignant portrayal of race relations. This explains why the novel has been most controversial in the South, where racial tension is historically worst, and where the novel is partially set. Therefore, understanding the blatant and subtle effects of racism on the young Marguerite help explain the censorship controversy, and the person she became....   [tags: Know Why Caged Bird Sings Essays Angelou] 773 words
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Oppression in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - Oppression in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou In the process of compiling the literary works I intended to include in this project, I began to notice a common thread that connected the works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that I generally choose to read. That common tie that binds these books together is that they all seem to center, in one form or another, around the theme of oppression. Perhaps this is because I have some deep psychological need to diffuse the power struggles I experience within myself by gleaning insight from the pages of someone else’s experience....   [tags: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings] 995 words
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Quest for Self-Determination in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Lakota Woman - Quest for Self-Determination in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Lakota Woman       During their growing up years, children struggle to find their personal place in society. It is difficult for children to find their place when they are given numerous advantages, but when a child is oppressed by their parents or grandparents, males in their life, and the dominant culture, the road to achieving self-identity is fraught with enormous obstacles to overcome. Maya Angelou's I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Mary Crow Dog's Lakota Woman depict the two women's "triumph over formidable social obstacles and [their] struggle to achieve a sense of identity and self-acceptance" (Draper 1)....   [tags: Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Essays]
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Question Four Throughout her life, Marguerite experiences many different situations and people that all contribute to the way she grows up and the person she becomes. Despite some of her tragic circumstances, she learns a lot growing up, mainly because of the African-American women in her life who teach her all different life lessons. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Marguerite gets to absorb teachings from her mother (Vivian), Mrs. Bertha Flowers, and her grandmother (Momma). These women allow Marguerite to learn and grow as an African-American female, all while paving her own way....   [tags: african american, prejudice, Maya Angelou, women]
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Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya shields herself against the confusion of St. Louis by reading fairy-tales and telling herself that she does not intend on staying there anyway. Vivian works in a gambling parlor at night....   [tags: Angelou Caged Bird Book Summary Review Analysis] 1676 words
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou: Behind the Cage - Poetry comes from the heart, it is an art form that is not visual, but it can still be seen through analysis and thought. Poetry is meaningful, though confusing at some times, and has been popular for ages. Maya Angelou, born in 1928, is a well-known African American poet, recognized for her poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” also known as “Caged Bird” was written in 1969 about Angelou’s struggle as a young girl. Angelou uses her life and experiences with racism and discrimination to prove that even in rough times, one can soar to even greater heights than imagined....   [tags: discrimination, slave, poetry]
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Analysis of Mary Analou´s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - There are many obstacles in which Maya Angelou had to overcome throughout her life. However, she was not the only person affected throughout the story, but as well as her family. Among all the challenges in their lives the author still manages to tell the rough and dramatic story of the life of African Americans during a racism period in the town of Stamps. In Maya Angelou's book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings she uses various types of language to illustrate the conflicts that arise in the novel....   [tags: racism, language, literary, figurative] 1652 words
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I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - Envision seventy-four years ago, an African-American that had just returned from war going into a restaurant and not being served because of the oppressive Jim Crow laws. Little human dignity was given to African-Americans living during the 1930’s and 40’s in the segregated South. Blacks, especially women, were not given a felicitous education because it was illegal to acquire and obtain books during this time period (Depression 117). Despite these hardships, Maya Angelou was awarded over fifty honorary degrees for her novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Women Memoirist 43)....   [tags: depression era, african american right,jim crow ]
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Prejudice in Maya Angelou´s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - ... The author gets across how the free bird, which is a metaphor for the white race, has no problems. In the seventh line she talks about how the free bird claims the sky. It talks about the freedom of flying, and of being able to make decisions for yourself. It also shows how the white race has the boldness to unfairly own and govern society.    In the second stanza, the author discusses the actions of the caged bird, which is a metaphor for the African-Americans. She says," …But a caged bird that stalks / down his narrow cage / can seldom see through / his bars of rage…" (lines 8-11)....   [tags: afrian, american, white, alliteration, metaphors] 649 words
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The Effect of Racism in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Throughout I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, racism is a frequent obstacle that non-whites had to overcome. When Maya is young, she doesn’t recognize the racism and discrimination as well as her grandmother does. As Maya gets older, she begins to recognize and take notice to the racism and discrimination towards her and African Americans everywhere. Maya may not recognize the racism and discrimination very well at her young age, but it still affects her outlook on life the same way it would if she had recognized it....   [tags: Maya Angelou novel, theme analysis] 1400 words
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Scars Don't Hurt - As we perambulate through life, we pass by people with unseen scars; people who have faced the unimaginable yet the remnants remain hidden and concealed away beyond what our eyes can perceive. Tremendous triumphs, exultations and tribulations underly every untold testimony. So often survivors of abuse have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted; but the truth cannot be denied. For if there is light, darkness is unable to exist. Both, Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and the autobiography “Scars Don’t Hurt” by Margaret and Blake Davidson deeply submerge the reader into the world of sexual abuse and the suffering that it produces; yet the abused prevails and th...   [tags: Margaret and Blake Orbidson, Maya Angelou] 1973 words
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - As a black woman in the 1930's and the 1940's, little power or ever respect was given. There had been no civil rights movement and Jim Crow laws and segregation were still in effect. Blacks, in general, especially women, were not given a felicitous education because it was illegal to acquire or obtain books during that time period. Maya Angelou's autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was deeply shaped of her coming of age during the depression that caused her separation, the racism and discrimination she experienced living in the south, and the abuse she endured which formed her discernment of men....   [tags: race, abuse, discrimination]
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - The Prevalence Of Inequality I openly admit that I really couldn’t care less when it comes to the topic that seems to be incredibly influential to our culture. I am, of course, referring to sports. Sports has always been a part of my life in some form, because of my family ties to the Dallas Cowboys. The Jimenez family are huge Dallas Cowboys fans. I really have never understood the meaning of sports, looking with an innate sense of bewilderment whenever people ask me, “Why don’t you like sports?” It’s just never had any sort of profound impact on me....   [tags: inequality, my race groaned]
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Momma’s Decision in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - ... Stamps, Arkansas is located in the deep south, and in Angelou’s childhood she was constantly surrounded by segregation and racism all around her. The segregation in Angelou’s hometown was so complete that for a very many years she had never seem a white person. The discrimination in this town also very high and Momma believed that the children should not be raised in this harmful environment. This contention influenced Momma greatly because she believed that in the larger cities the discrimination would be lessened....   [tags: foster care, angelou, family]
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings In the autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the main character Marguerite, also known as Maya is influenced a great deal by those around her. Throughout her young life, Maya watches and learns from her older brother Bailey, as well as her guardian and grandmother, Annie Henderson to whom Maya and Bailey refer as “Momma”. Though later in her preteen and adolescent years, Maya finds refuge in the strength and intelligence of Ms. Bertha Flowers and in high school Maya grows to respect and admire a teacher, Miss Kirwin, except for the sporadic presence of Maya’s Mother, Vivian Baxter, Maya most heavily depends on Bailey, Momma Henderson, and Ms....   [tags: Free Essays] 399 words
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings In the beginning of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Marguerite, later known as Maya begins to tell the story of her childhood. When her parents divorced, they sent her & her brother, Bailey to live in Stamps, Arkansas with their Grandmother (Momma) and their Uncle Willie. The kids go to school in Stamps and work in the store that Momma and Uncle Willie own. One year, while they were in Stamps, their father came to visit. When he was getting ready to return to California, he asked the kids if they wanted to come back with him to live....   [tags: Essays Papers] 790 words
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - In the novel I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou goes from a little southern black girl who wishes to be a “a long and blonde haired, light-blue eyed, white girl”, to a very mature young adult that is proud of her race. Throughout ’s (Maya’s) life she goes through many difficulties and triumphs. Some of which a person could never imagine of going through. Maya goes from being a very shy and strange black girl, to a certain and self-confident young woman. In I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou, has to deal with prejudice, rape, and also the issues of abandonment in her course of becoming a mature woman....   [tags: Maya Angelou] 1667 words
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - 1) Summary of Character Traits  a) School smart (Maya is smart. When she moves to San Francisco from Stamps, Arkansas, she is skipped a grade.)  b) Caring sister (she always talks of her devotion to Baily)  c) Determined (she wants to get a job with the streetcar company and she keeps bugging them until they finally give her a job)  d) Proud (she lives with the junkyard kids instead of going back to her father’s; she slaps Dolores for calling her mother a whore) 2) Appearance  a) African American, tall, skinny, small and squinty eyes, big feet, large gap between her front teeth, black hair 3) What The Character Wants  a) Maya wants, ulti...   [tags: essays research papers] 1323 words
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Three primary problems “cage” Maya Angelou in her autobiographical book I Know why the Caged Bird Sings. The most pressing of these issues was probably the fact that Maya lived in the highly segregated south. Another factor of her imprisonment was because Maya, also known as Marguerite, was a social outcast, with very few friends other then relatives. Finally, the main character was entrapped because of her unusual sexual exposure. Over all, the highly segregated life she led, her exclusion socially, and her sexual experience caught Ms....   [tags: essays research papers] 722 words
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Summary of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Summary of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya recalls an Easter Sunday at the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in Arkansas. Her mother makes her a special Easter dress from lavender taffeta, and Maya thinks the dress will make her look like the blond-haired blue-eyed movie star that she wishes, deep down, to be. But, the dress turns out to be drab and ugly, as Maya laments that she is black, and unattractive as well. She leaves her church pew to go to the bathroom, and doesn't make it; she runs from the church, ashamed, but glad to be out of church and away from the children who torment her, and make her childhood even harder than it already is....   [tags: Maya Angelou Literature Essays] 4072 words
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. - The Effects of One Person Upon The World From an apprehensive child growing up in a small town in Arkansas, Maya Angelou has evolved into an influential, wise, and respected woman. She has overcome obstacles and has grown into one of the élite intellectual people of this country, and perhaps the world. Along her numerous struggles, various people have given her positive guidance and passed down their knowledge to her. Among these people was Mrs. Bertha Flowers, a person in which Maya respected greatly....   [tags: essays research papers] 757 words
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I know why the caged bird sings - Maya Angelou's I Know Why Caged Bird Sings illustrates how an innocent and naive girl growing up in the midst of the Great Depression overcomes life's many obstacles and becomes the powerful and influential woman she is today. Maya is a world renowned author, teacher, speaker, actress, and mother. Through this autobiographical piece, Maya's use of figurative language and allusion compounds her thoughts, as she depicts how one can supersede the expected barriers and soar to new heights.....   [tags: essays research papers] 573 words
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - 1. What Does Marguerite observe about the cotton pickers. She notices that their attitudes depend on the time of day. She says in the morning they are full of life and in the evening they are tired out and dismal from all the work. 2. Why do white people seem un-real to Marguerite. She said white people 's feet were too small, and their skin was see-through, and they walked on their heels, not on the balls of their feet. 3. Explain how their education in Stamps prepared Marguerite and Bailey. How is school different in St....   [tags: essays research papers] 800 words
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Maya Angelou's Graduation into Maturity - In her first autobiography, Maya Angelou tells about her childhood through her graduation through, “Graduation”, from “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” when she is about to graduate. She starts as an excited graduate because she was finally going to receive her diploma, a reward for all her academic accomplishments. On the day of her graduation finally comes, that happiness turns into doubt about her future as she believes that black people will be nothing more than potential athletes or servants to white people....   [tags: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings]
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Oppression Due to Society's Misconception in Maya Angelou's Autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - ... The majority of these limitations are encountered in Maya’s confrontation with the secretary and in her interview. During her interview, Maya is asked, “How old was I. List my previous jobs, starting from last held…” The interview helps to assure the reader that Maya, constrained by her race, sex, and age, has to lie in order to obtain the position of a streetcar conductor. Maya has to endure the discrimination of being a female, black adolescent before attaining the honor of being the first black conductor....   [tags: conflict, racisim, imprisonment]
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Comparison of the Main Characters in To Kill a Mockingbird and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Reading a book once in a while helps us from being ignorant from the outside world. Readers many times dare to compare and discuss about the books that they have read. This works when we read two master pieces of literature that could be very similar and in the same time very different stories. I had the great fortune of reading the screenplay of “To Kill a Mockingbird” as well as the part of the memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. After reading these two great pieces of literature I dare to compare the main characters, Scout from “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Maria from “I know why the caged bird sings”....   [tags: lesson, privacy, kill] 624 words
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Analysis of the Author's Writing Techniques in Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Capote's In Cold Blood - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou is an autobiography with a fictional aspect that depicts the life of Maya herself from the time she was eight to sixteen. The in-depth stories reveal the struggle and hardships she faced growing up. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a true account of the murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas on November 15, 1959. The book gives a more thorough look at the details of the family and the killers, the book is written to take the events and elevate them into a story, enabling the event to transcend their specific historical moment....   [tags: compare contrast] 997 words
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An Analysis of Love Countering Molestation in Walker’s The Color Purple and Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - A child, male or female, who have been molested by anyone, affects that child physically and mentally. Anger, depression, self loathing and many more mental problems affects a child who have been sexually abused; this takes away the innocence and childhood of a child. For a child to overcome these struggles, they must receive support from someone or a loved one. For a recovery close to a complete recovery, the child should obtain this support mostly from their family. The novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker entails letters written to God from Celie of her life and struggles from a little below the age of 14 into adulthood....   [tags: Lack of Confidence, Family Support]
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Displacement, a Theme in Maya Angelou´s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - ... The scholars note that setting, including the era of segregation and the changing of location, helps the reader depict the theme of displacement. The setting in Angelou's novel is personally related to the pain of her displacement. Although she grew up with her grandmother, Angelou feels as though she does not have a mother in her life. While growing up, Angelou notices all of the little girls with their mothers. When Angelou finally meets her mother Angelou decides that she is very different from her and is the unwanted child....   [tags: Segregation, African-Americans, Setting] 1613 words
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The Theme of Racism in Maya Angelou’s Novel, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - ... It took forever before he lay down flat, and then we covered him with potatoes and onions, layer upon layer, like a casserole.” (Angelou 17, 18). Because Angelou watched her Uncle go through this with the KKK, I feel like that was something that majorly affected how she viewed white people as she grew up. She saw them as bad people who go around looking and hurting blacks for no reason. She was so young she had distorted views of what was happening around her and why they were happening. Angelou continued to grow up in the South going to church with her grandmother, whom she called her Momma, and her Uncle and her brother Bailey....   [tags: black people, race, segregation]
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Opression in Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and James McBride’s Color of Water - ... Most importantly, Mama shows that she is equal to the southern whites and their remarks did not bother her. Readers first see this when Mama is in the front of the store and the white trash girls lift their skirts up in front of her. Maya thinks, “I wanted to throw a handful of black pepper in their faces, to throw lye on them, to scream that they were dirty, scummy peckerwoods, but I knew I was as clearly imprisoned behind the scene as the actors outside were confined to their roles”(31). This may seem offensive to most people but Mama did not think this way....   [tags: Discrimination, Segregation, Racism] 1951 words
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The Significance of Motherhood Throughout I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - When reading this novel, one can notice a number of attributes to motherhood that have been highlighted by the author. First of all, it is important to note that there are two mother figures in Maya’s life, and these are Vivian and Annie. Vivian is her biological mother, while Annie is her paternal grandmother whom she refers to as momma and spends a substantial part of her life at her house. At first Maya is bitter about being abandoned by her parents, however she slowly adapts to living with her grandmother along with her brother Bailey....   [tags: assurance, strength, rape]
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Book Report I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Book Report I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou, the author to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, writes about a girl who is confronted with sex, rape, and racism at an early stage in her life in detail in her novel. When she is three years old, her parents have a divorce and send her and her four-year-old brother Bailey from California to Arkansas to live with her grandmother in a town that is divided by color and full of racism. They are raised by her grandmother and then sent back to their carefree mother in the absence of a father figure....   [tags: Papers] 398 words
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Movie and Book - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Movie and Book The novel, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", by Maya Angelou is the first series of five autobiographical novels. This novel tells about her life in rural Stamps, Arkansas with her religious grandmother and St. Louis, Missouri, where her worldly and glamorous mother resides. At the age of three Maya and her four-year old brother, Bailey, are turned over to the care of their paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Southern life in Stamps, Arkansas was filled with humiliation, violation, and displacement....   [tags: Movie Film comparison compare contrast] 1050 words
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Racism in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Racism in Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou, the current poet laureate of the United States, has become for many people an exemplary role model. She read an original poem at the inauguration of President Clinton; she has also appeared on the television show "Touched by an Angel," and there read another poem of her own composition; she lectures widely, inspiring young people to aim high in life. Yet this is an unlikely beginning for a woman who, by the age of thirty, had been San Francisco's first black streetcar conductor; an unmarried mother; the madam of a San Diego brothel; a prostitute, a showgirl, and an actress (Lichtler, 861927397.html)....   [tags: Papers] 1649 words
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Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Report - Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Report Section I 1. In the text "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" a young black girl is growing up with racism surrounding her. It is very interesting how the author Maya Angelou was there and the way she described every detail with great passion. In the book Maya and Bailey move to a lot of places, which are, Stamps, Arkansas; St. Louis, Missouri; and San Francisco, California. Maya comes threw these places with many thing happening to her and people she knows....   [tags: Angelou Book Report] 924 words
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Historical Background of The Color Purple, I know why the caged bird sings, and The Awakening - Historical Background of The Color Purple, I know why the caged bird sings, and The Awakening In a stereotypical society, the reader expects for the protagonist of a novel to be a strong, heroic male who saves the day and gets the girl. However, in the classic works “The Awakening” (Kate Chopin), “The Color Purple” (Alice Walker), and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (Maya Angelou), a different kind of protagonist is portrayed. In these novels, the protagonist is a heroine who grows throughout the novel into a strong and independent woman....   [tags: Classic Literature ] 1379 words
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Comparing In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings       Alice Walker and Maya Angelou are two contemporary African-American writers.  Although almost a generation apart in age, both women display a remarkable similarity in their lives.  Each has written about her experiences growing up in the rural South, Ms. Walker through her essays and Ms. Angelou in her autobiographies.  Though they share similar backgrounds, each has a unique style which gives to us, the readers, the gift of their exquisite humanity, with all of its frailties and strengths, joys and sorrows....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings While we can view One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, from a literal perspective, as a classic story of rebellion and deliverance, we must also view it as a metaphor for one man’s triumph over of “the establishment.” The old saying, “You can’t fight city hall” is challenged, which is represented by the patients rebelling against the hospital staff. Liberals are likely to view this novel as a powerful tale that glorifies the human spirit....   [tags: Abstract Conceptualization] 759 words
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Metaphors of Society in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Metaphors of Society in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings In One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Kesey's use of description and symbolism not only enhance the depth of the narrative, but they provide the reader with amazing insight into the character’s minds, hearts and souls. In fact, the characters themselves can be viewed as metaphors of society; not just the institution. R.P. McMurphy, for example represents the rebellious faction of society that was so loudly expressing itself during the sixties and seventies....   [tags: Reflective Observation] 757 words
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings: Chapter 25 Notes - Chapter 25 1. In this chapter, Maya and Bailey are introduced to the idea of being moved to California, this being because of Bailey’s incident with a murdered black man. 2.a) In this chapter Maya Angelou gives us some more insight on Mamma’s character, she establishes the reason for Mamma’s secretive and over-protective nature “Her African-bush secretiveness and suspiciousness had been compounded by slavery and confirmed by centuries of promises made and promises broken. We have a saying among Black Americans, which explains Mamma’s caution....   [tags: essays research papers] 1173 words
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Maya Angelou as a Caged Bird - Maya Angelou as a Caged Bird   The graduation scene from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings illustrates how, living in the midst of racism and unequal access to opportunity, Maya Angelou was able to surmount the obstacles that stood in her way of intellectual develop and find "higher ground."  One of the largest factors responsible for Angelou's academic success was her dedication to and capacity for hard work, "My work alone has awarded me a top place...No absences, no tardinesses, and my academic work was among the best of the year" (Angelou  13-14).  Angelou worked hard and read a great deal in order to be able to perform on such a level, in spite of the fact that she had much less access...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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