Angelou's Rhetorical Strategy-Hoodhood

Angelou's Rhetorical Strategy-Hoodhood - Clare A Coddington...

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Clare A. Coddington Coddington 1 Mrs. Hoodhood AP Lit. and Comp. September 6, 2011 Analysis of Maya Angelou’s Rhetorical Strategies In the chapter excerpt from Maya Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , the reader is taken into Angelou’s account of a race’s struggle for the God- given rights of equality, justice and integrity in the heart of a small, southern African American community. Incorporating literary styles, such as rhetorical strategies, into her written work, Angelou is successful in her efforts to make the theme of the chapter evident to the reader. Borrowing personal experiences from her childhood, Angelou uses a Joe Louis boxing match against Primo Carnera as a microcosm to represent the much larger struggle of a black community. Joe Louis’s external conflict becomes an analogy for the internal conflict endured by every black individual in a typical 1930’s southern community.
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