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An Analysis of Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"Julie GibsonMaya Angelou's I Know Why Caged Bird Sings illustrates how aninnocentand naive girl growing up in the midst of the Great Depressionovercomes life'smanyobstacles and becomes the powerful and influential woman she istoday.Maya is a world renowned author, teacher, speaker, actress, and mother.Throughthis autobiographical piece,Maya's use of figurative language andallusioncompounds her thoughts, as she depicts how one can supersede theexpectedbarriers and soar to new heights..In chapters 14 and 15 of the book, Maya's usage of figurativelanguageconveys her struggle to speak. Through a tragic rape by her mother'sboyfriend,Maya is scared for life and is led to believe that the very sound of hervoiceis lethal, consequently, she conceives a six year silence that, notknowing then,could limit her opportunities and convert her fate.After returningfrom St.Louis and entering Stamps, Maya entered her six year "cocoon." Thishavenextricated her metamorphic spurt into reality and womanhood. As witheverycocoon, there is always a time when one must leave and bravely enter the