Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' Caged Bird ' By Maya Angelou

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It is natural to believe oneself superior to another; nevertheless this does not imply that the other’s quality of life needs to be diminished in order for one to feel more superior. The division between blacks and whites has existed for hundreds of years with the white population believing they are superior. Maya Angelou, an African-American herself, faces racism, but does not let the discrimination affect her way of life. She encourages those of her ethnicity to join her in the fight for equality in her poem “Caged Bird”. In this poem the “free bird” represents the white population and the “caged bird” represents the black population. Opening, the poem applies physical obstacles to give reason to oppress black people and force them to live under the authority of white people. Further, nature’s beauty reveals that even if opportunities are physically present, it does not signify that they are obtainable to the black population. Additionally, the comparison between each race’s lifestyle and condition of life unveil that the black community is inferior to the white community due to the restrictions embedded in society. In her poem, Maya Angelou contends that the freedom and opportunities accessible to white people are both unknown and inaccessible to one who is black as result of society’s prejudiced traditions.
To begin, the poem uses physical barriers as a reason for oppression of black people in society. In contrast to the “free bird’s” ability to “dip his wings in the…

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