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1Maya Angelou was a woman who embodied strength, poise, and activism with herliterary works.She displayed the meaning of the “Phenomenal Woman” she wrote about.Shehad a gift for taking words and giving them life to help with the adversities African Americansfaced.She gave the weak a strength in words and a faith to conquer the world.Maya Angelouevolved into an influential and respected woman who overcame obstacles.Her courage showedthrough her works of literature.In her life story, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou attributes hercharacteristics she has acquired today, being influential, wise, and respected, to Mrs. Flowers,who shows her the power of a voice, the knowledge of literature, and pride in her race, and turnsa self-conscious girl, into one of the most profound writers of our time.Mrs. Flowersenlightened Maya on the importance, and dominant effect, of expression through an individualvoice. Earlier in her life, Maya was sexually molested and raped, and as a result, becamedormant towards society. This was such a traumatizing event in her life that struck her obviously,in a physical sense, mentally. As a result of this, Mrs. Flowers stepped in and told Maya to “bearin mind, language is man’s way of communicating with his fellow man and it is language alonewhich separates him from the lower animals”(Angelou 1969). The intellect and beauty of Mrs.Flowers was shown through this quote which she educated Maya. Without Mrs. Flowersintroduction and reasoning to speech, Maya would never have realized the power of the voiceand would have been dormant from society the rest of her life.Maya Angelou now realized thetruth and what can be solved through knowledge and what can be solved through imagination.She had always understood poetry greatly; especially for a poor black child who received alimited education, but never made the connection that a novel would and put it into perspective
2to the reality of life. With all of this understanding and appreciation in regard to literature, Mayabecame the acclaimed author that she is today.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Porgy and Bess, Dr Maya Angelou

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