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Rajski 1David RajskiProfessor HadlockUCOR 101-01 Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum09 September 2016Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”: A Rhetorical AnalysisIn Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, Angelou describes what sheexperienced living as a black citizen in early 20thcentury southern states. From a rhetoricalviewpoint, Angelou uses many techniques to assist her in describing her experiences. Her uniquestyle of writing, her purpose, organization, and tone all help her develop a very detailed andmoving paper. Although these were all extensively used, the writing tools she focused the moston to write her paper were ethos by citing experiences that were normal for black Americans toface during the time she wrote the essay, pathos by telling of her experiences of racism andsegregation in the United States, and her unique style by using very detailed imagery andmetaphors together to make the readers more easily understand the same emotions and thoughtsthat she had.Throughout her essay, Angelou continuously and effectively develops a style of bothpathos and ethos. Since Angelou’s essay is told from a first person point of view, it is mucheasier for her to develop a sense of ethos by talking about her experiences facing racism. In thebeginning of her essay, Angelou sets up the theme of the essay when stating “The Children’ssection of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church of Stamps, Arkansas, was wiggling and

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