Analysis Of The Poem ' Phenomenal Woman ' By Jane Austen Essay

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Phenomenally a, Phenomenal Woman Jane Austen once said, “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures” (In Persuasion, Chapter 8). In Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman,” she expresses her frustration about how stereotypical conventions of an ideal women should empower females, however they are exposed to unachievable models of the female prototype. The poem also illustrates the importance of confidence and how it affects the perception of others. Angelou showcases a young woman in her poem that fails to meet societal expectations of the ideal physical appearance of women in today’s modern society. Instead she shy’s away from these expectations by accepting who she is. While growing up, she faced constant discrimination not only as a woman, but also as an African American. Angelou who was also a well-known civil rights activist, was a strong role model for several young black women. Maya Angelou conveys confidence in her physical appearance despite women’s subjection to society’s impossible standards. Through the use of imagery, symbolism and repetition Angelou illustrates hurdles in her journey to become a confident women.
In Angelous’ poem, “Phenomenal Woman’, she expresses her confidence as a woman through her physical appearance. Seen through her use of imagery, the poet proudly argues that she is immensely pleased with her physical appearance and will not back away simply because she does not fit the…

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