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Hailey Christoph Mr. Shogren Honors English II 18th March 2016 Coping Analysis Coping is someone's way to deal with a situation going on with their life, or something they’re going through. It’s something that every person has to deal with at some point in their life. Whether it’s coping with death, a breakup, stress, or a major life event, it’s something everyone has to do. There are many ways to cope like reading, drawing, writing and so on. In Maya Angelou’s narrative, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , she demonstrates the ways she copes with her various life events such as her rape, middle school graduation, moving, death, pregnancy and so on. With this, she also shows that a person can deal with needing to cope many times for a variety of things and how difficult it is to cope with certain things. In my own personal narrative, I tell about how I had to cope with the death of my beloved childhood dog and how difficult it was for me personal. Angelou’s writing uses a plethora of figurative language in which she creates a more a vivid picture for the reader. The figurative language that Angelou uses triggers creative thought to the reader, and makes her writing very effective. Both Angelou and I’s narratives are thematically similar in that we both talk about our struggles coping and how it affected us personally, and I emulated Angelou’s use of figurative language such as tone shift, similes & metaphors, and rhetorical questions to improve how my narrative affected the reader and the importance of using it by using figurative language in a similar way as Angelou. In our narratives, Angelou and I both use tone shift to emphasize the importance of tone and how it can change the mood of the story. At Angelou’s middle school graduation, she was very ecstatic and overjoyed with a new chapter of her life closing and another one beginning.
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She was being acknowledged for her achievements finally, and was very excited. She had “outdistanced unpleasant sensations” (Angelou 172). She continues to be excited until a white speaker talks about the new items that the white school in town would get as opposed to the black school. The white school got better equipment and ,therefore, better opportunities. This makes Angelou angry and her tone completely shifts because she feels as though her future has just been already decided. After this, she goes on to say that graduation was “finished for [her] before [her] name was called. The accomplishment meant nothing” ( Angelou 180). Then,
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