An Analysis Of Maya Angelou's "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"



Maya Angelou's I Know Why Caged Bird Sings illustrates how an innocent
and naive girl growing up in the midst of the Great Depression overcomes life's
many obstacles and becomes the powerful and influential woman she is today.
Maya is a world renowned author, teacher, speaker, actress, and mother. Through
this autobiographical piece, Maya's use of figurative language and allusion
compounds her thoughts, as she depicts how one can supersede the expected
barriers and soar to new heights..
In chapters 14 and 15 of the book, Maya's usage of figurative language
conveys her struggle to speak. Through a tragic rape by her mother's boyfriend,
Maya is scared for life and is led to believe that ...

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her strongest defense and force, her love of literature, to open this
barrier and allow Maya to end the silence. By doing this, it enhanced Maya's
courage and willingness to conquer other barriers and fortresses. Maya's love of
literature expanded and opened her horizons. One of Maya's favorite pieces of
literature is The Tale of Two Cities. She enjoyed it because it was a tale of
her life, although in different cities, now being St. Louis and Stamps, it
seemed as if she was reading her own autobiography, which is, in fact, rather
portentous and foreshadowing. With the first line of the book being, "it was the
best of times and the worst of times...", it paints a portrait of Maya's
childhood. Maya, even though she struggled through adolescence, was the best
times of her life. It was her learning period. It was her no turning back period.
She felt as if, even though the outer exterior of the environment was corrupt,
why must her life be? It didn't have to be. Maya emerged into ...

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