Maya Angelou - 1 White supremacy For Maya Angelou, growing...

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1 White supremacy For Maya Angelou, growing up as an African-American in the 1930s is not an easy task. In her essay “Champion of the world,” Maya Angelou explains how the black nation felt betrayed by White Americans. She uses broken English in order to show her reaction against racism that was occurring during this period of time. On the other hand, in her essay “Fish Cheeks,” Amy Tan describes her teenage life growing up as a Chinese-American. It is not also easy for her since her parents are Chinese. She portrays the contradictory feelings she faces being trapped in two different cultures. People all over the world are different. Some want to prove they are better than others and some are ashamed because they want to act like Americans. As a result, these types of reactions might lead to oppression, mix feelings and the idea of wanting to fit in. The narrators write in first person and use descriptive language which renders the stories powerful. Maya Angelo shows her point in “Champion of the world” by showing that no one transcends anyone. She spoke of a fight between African-American Joe Louis vs. Primo Carnera. The match is being
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This note was uploaded on 05/08/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Mrbowe during the Spring '11 term at UNC Charlotte.

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