essay on the theme of racism in i know why the caged bird sings

essay on the theme of racism in i know why the caged bird sings

University.” (Maya Angelou official website) In 1969 one of Angelou’s most notable works I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published. This semi biographical work caused her to gain fame “as a spokesperson for the black community and more specifically black women.” (starglimpse, web) Angelou made many contributions, to the world of literature especially. With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in 1969 she became “one of the first African American women to publicly discuss her personal
Marguerite Anne Johnson, better known as Maya Angelou, was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born and raised in an era that involved the Great Depression and World War I. When her parents divorced at a young age, she and her brother were sent to live with her grandmother in a heavily racially segregated Stamps , Arkansas. She found solace in her brother, Bailey, in the hard times produced by the South. This segregation was severe in this era, especially for shy young Marguerite

As a child growing up in the Deep South like she did, Angelou was affected by segregation and racism not just on herself, but by seeing it happen to the others around her also. “The used-to-be sheriff sat rakishly astraddle his horse….His twang jogged in the brittle air. From the side of the Store, Bailey and I heard him say to Momma,” Annie, tell Willie he better lay low tonight. A crazy nigger messed with a white lady today. Some of the boys’ll be coming over here later.”…
Maya’s grandmother was nearly white and did not discriminate against her, who I think helped open her eyes a little to not everyone is the same. Angelou goes through rough patches in her life and goes back to her Momma for a while. While she is with her Momma again, she again goes through things that make her thing worse of the white man.

abandonment, and many others to show the reader what she has persevered over
racism. Three instances in her life where she must fight against racism are at her eighth-

After reading the first two stanzas of the poem Caged Bird by Maya Angelou, in which the free bird is compared to the caged bird, it immediately evoked thoughts of the struggle of African Americans compared to the lifestyle of white Americans. I think Angelou uses metaphors and juxtaposition pointedly in her poem to convey the idea that the freedom of the free bird is a natural state of living and the knowledge the caged bird has of that life can not be undone by any amount of oppression, entrapment
story or novel. The book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou has three prominent motifs which are represented throughout the book. Ignorance and illiteracy, self-esteem, and racism are all present motifs in Maya Angelou’s autobiographical novel. Ignorance and illiteracy are displayed by Momma and Maya, respectively. Momma displays ignorance when she does not understand the new slang of the times and Maya show illiteracy when she gets pregnant by accident. Maya struggles with being a Negro

2010 English 2 Professor Padilla Themes of Racism and Segregation in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Specifically it will discuss the themes of racism and segregation, and how these strong themes are woven throughout this moving autobiography. Maya Angelou recounts the story of her early life, including the racism and segregation she experiences throughout
Maya Angelou tells of her life experiences and struggles in her book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” that gives us insight about Maya’s life as a young black girl growing up in a time of racism. The novel discusses various forms of oppression that she had to face as well cope with them. Robert A. Gross wrote an analysis for Newsweek about the book and claimed that Angelou’s book is not only an interesting story of her own experience, but also a portrayal of a Southern black community