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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 an innocentand naive girl growing up in the midst of the Great Depression overcomes life'smany obstacles and becomes the powerful and influential woman she is today.Maya is a world renowned author, teacher, speaker, actress, and mother. Throughthis autobiographical piece, Maya's use of figurative language and allusioncompounds her thoughts, as she depicts how one can supersede the expectedbarriers and soar to new heights..In chapters 14 and 15 of the book, Maya's usage of figurative languageconveys her struggle to speak. Through a tragic rape by her mother's boyfriend,Maya is scared for life and is led to believe that the very sound of her voiceis lethal, consequently, she conceives a six year silence that, not knowing then,could limit her opportunities and convert her fate. After returning from St.Louis and entering Stamps, Maya entered her six year "cocoon." This havenextricated her metamorphic spurt into reality and womanhood. As with everycocoon, there is always a time when one must leave and bravely enter the