I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Essay

1544 Words Jul 26th, 2016 7 Pages
After experiencing the many injustices of the world, writers often turn to their pen and paper to express their feelings about society and its issues, tell their stories, and criticize the wickedness of man. Maya Angelou is an example of an author who accomplished just that by writing I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Through her novel, she described her life and the segregation and great amount of injustice she had faced during the 1930s and 40s.Through Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the author was able to illustrate the hardships and battles she faced as a young African American female from the south, along with the governmental impact on African-American rights, women’s equality, and segregation. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings illustrates a society which lacks African American rights. This novel takes place during the late 1930’s, during the Great Depression. During this time the government, as well as society as a whole, promoted the idea of white superiority. For example, “A light shade had been pulled down between the Black community and all things white, but one could see through it enough to develop a fear-admiration-contempt for the white “things”—white folks’ cars and white glistening houses and their children and their women. But above all, their wealth that allowed them to waste was the most enviable” (Angelou, 8). This quote exemplifies how white people were seen as significantly more powerful and superior people by displaying their wealth.…

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