I Know Why The Caged Bird Poem Analysis

Can you expound the appellation THOUGHTCRIME? Could you consider that your private reveries can place you at the pronouncement of magistrates and jurists? This idea became reality for my client, for as specified by the dictums established by the Winston vs. Oceania case, she has indeed committed the “unlawful act” of THOUGHTCRIME. Jurors, how would you feel about illogical racism and racial etiquette? How would things such as maltreatment and hackneyed norms effect you cognitively and emotionally? Marguerite Ann Johnson composed the poem “Caged Bird”, based on her novel “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, in which she expresses her opinions of chauvinism, ethnological politesses, child abuse, civil rights, and societal expectations. In doing …show more content…
For example, when a white person did not know a black man or woman, they would call them names such as “Jack” or “Wench” (Davis, Ronald). This is the quintessence of terrible manners, because “Jack” is a name that is given to male mules, or foolish people. “Wench” is an archaic term for a harlot. So when they used these names to refer to black Americans, they basically called them fools, beasts, and prostitutes to accentuate their inferiority. Not only did they treat the black Americans as inferior, also subjected them to racial stereotypes. For example, Marguerite Johnson stated in “ I Know why the Caged Bird Sings” that, “We were maids and farmers, handymen and washer women, and anything higher that we aspired to was farcical and presumptuous.(Angelou, Maya)” My client is stressing that white Americans felt that the idea of black Americans becoming things greater than the careers they are confined to, such as leaders, politicians, or teachers was ridiculous and uncivil. Ridiculous, because the white Americans felt that the black Americans had less knowledge and experience in the work …show more content…
For example, my client noted in her novel “ I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” that she suffered from from child abuse at the hands of a black man. According to the American Humane Association, the effects of sexual abuse extend far beyond childhood. Sexual abuse robs children of their childhood and creates a loss of trust, feelings of guilt and self-abusive behavior. It can lead to antisocial behavior… (Child Sexual). Throughout the story my client explains that after the abuse occurred she felt guilty about what had happened. The rapist made her that that she was loved, and that she needed him. Because of this my client felt that she was responsible for what had happened to her. The rapist also used threats and his superiority as an adult to threaten the life of my client’s brother, if were to ever tell what happened. After the abuse the man was found dead. This made my client feel even more guilty, because she felt that her speaking out caused the man’s death. As a result, my client was mute for a number of years, for she felt that her words would only hurt others. As she became older, the abuse caused her to still feel guilty and some what responsible. She also did not trust any boy that liked her, thinking that they only had the intention to hurt her. She

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