Analysis of Mary Analou´s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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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. Among the different types of languages used throughout the book, she uses literary devices and various types of figurative language. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou the author uses literary devices and figurative language to illustrate to the reader how racism creates obstacles for her family and herself along with how they overcome them. One of the literary devices that the author uses are metaphors. There are many examples of metaphors in the novel however there are a few that were rather intriguing. Racism was an obstacle that many characters were affected by and the author uses metaphors to illustrate the rough period in their lives. An example of a metaphor in the novel was the concurrence that Uncle Willie encounters with Fuentes2 racism in the boxing match: "My race groaned. It was our people falling. It was another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree. One more woman ambushed and rapes...This might be the end of the world. If joe lost we were back in slavery and beyond help. It would be true, the accusations that we were lower types of human beings. Only a little higher than apes. True that we were stupid and ugly and lazy and dirty and, unlucky and worst of all, ... ... middle of paper ... ... fact that he is an example of the many other opinions that whites had towards African Americans. The use of the symbol of Dr. Lincoln informs the reader of some of the harsh, mean opinions of the many whites in the town of Stamps. This symbol not only informs the reader of some opinions the whites had, but their treatments towards African Americans although they have done them favors in the past. In I Know why the Caged Bird Sings the author uses many different literary devices and various figurative language examples. The use of metaphors, imagery, similes, and Symbolism has a great effect. They’re effective due to the fact in how they inform the reader of various important details needed to understand the story completely. The use of specific, different, and various types of language illustrate to the reader the effect of racism on many characters in the novel.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the narrator uses a metaphor to illustrate how rough racism is in the town of stamps.
  • Analyzes how dr. donleavy made a distinguishing comment towards whites in the fact that they were able to achieve great things in life. the comment altered maya's mind.
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