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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