Maya Angelou

analytical Essay
984 words
984 words

Maya Angelou was one of America’s greatest writers in history. She was known for her many writings and for her part in Civil Rights Movements. Maya Angelou went through many hardships during her childhood, the most prevalent of those, racism over her skin color. This racism affected where she grew up, where she went to school, even where she got a job. “My education and that of my Black associates were quite different from the education of our white schoolmates. In the classroom we all learned past participles, but in the streets and in our homes the Blacks learned to drops s’s from plurals and suffixes from past tense verbs.” (Angelou 221) Maya Angelou was a strong believer in a good education and many of those beliefs were described in her …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that maya angelou was one of america's greatest writers in history. she was known for her writings and her part in the civil rights movements.
  • Explains that maya angelou inspired education in many ways. she wrote for everyone, and her book, i know why the caged bird sings, is one of the most taught and reviewed books.
  • Explains that maya angelou was always learning something from the news, her brother, mom, friends, the many books she read, studying drama, and taking dance classes. she started teaching when she could not learn anymore.
  • Explains that angelou always made her opinions known on education. she held seminars and spoke about the issues facing education at the time such as standardized testing.
  • Analyzes how maya angelou's teacher taught not because of her liking of the students, but because she hoped her teachings would find new repositories so that they may be taught once again.
  • Explains maya angelou's belief in understanding the difference between ignorance and illiteracy in i know why the caged bird sings.
  • Analyzes how maya angelou's brother once told her, "all knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market." even in everyday jobs, people trade knowledge for a service.
  • Explains that maya angelou had many views on education and used many ways to learn and teach throughout her life. she had a love for education that was shown through her many books, speeches, and teachings.

Most of the books she read were by other famous authors such as William Shakespeare, Poe, and Kipling to name a few. Maya Angelou started teaching when she could not learn anymore, she served as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She wanted everyone to have the opportunity to learn and gain knowledge as she did. Her brother stated and she agreed with the fact, “all knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market.” (Angelou 212). Maya Angelou was an amazing student and …show more content…

From movies and everyday jobs, to life experiences and the classroom,knowledge can be gained. For instance in the movie, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Finnick says, “I haven’t dealt in anything as common as money in years.” Katniss then asks, “Well then how do people pay for the pleasure of your company?” Finnick responds, “With secrets.” (Francis Lawrence The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) Even in everyday jobs, people trade knowledge for a service. Everyone uses knowledge to gain something from undercover agents being informants to an attorney offering reduced sentences or lesser charges to someone under suspicion of a crime. Getting an education to gain knowledge and learning how to best use that knowledge can be the best weapon to go down any road in this

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