I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Analysis - I Know Why the...

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsis a biography of the life of Maya Angelou. Angelou is apoet and writer who has dignified herself in her pieces of literature. In this biography, sheconfronts her life in its entirety and is even painfully honest and open at times. Angelou enduredmany hardships in her life such as the abandonment from her parents as well as a brutal rape atthe age of eight, to name a few, and those hardships did not even pertain to the color of her skin.Although she faced hardships because she was black as well, the biography does not primarilyforces on that oppression, but leaves the reader to infer the pain caused by the cruelty of the colorline. There is a prominent theme of the written versus the spoken word in this biography, as isthere the moment when Maya grasped a love of reading which then led to her writing.Early on in the biography, as a young age, Maya states, “Horatio Alger was the greatestwriter in the world.” (75). Alger was an author who primarily wrote quintessential “Rags toRiches” stories. His stories were adventures stories that primarily encompassed the same

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Term
Spring
Professor
RyanAiello
Tags
Literature, African American Literature, American Literature, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Oprah Winfrey, African American Civil Rights Movement, LITTLE HARD WORK

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