I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou Essay

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When examining I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou from a postcolonial literary perspective, it becomes clear that your skin colour impacts the way you will be treated and the way you are treated will impact your confidence. When you have a high level of confidence you do not shy away from opportunities which can lead to a better life. This is shown through many examples in the book such as which services are available to the black members in society, the treatment they receive from the white members in society etc… Society and the treatment Marguerite also known as Maya, received was unjust and affected the way she viewed herself and her relationship with the world.

The small town of Stamps, much like Maycomb in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee which takes place around the same time during the 1930s-40s, shows clear examples of segregation between the coloured and white members. Maya is not quite sure what white people are and what they look like she claims that “In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn’t really, absolutely know what whites looked like.” (Angelou 25) The services available to citizens are specific to their skin colour, for this reason when Maya had a cavity she waited a very long time to seek medical attention since the only “Negro dentist” was much too far. Momma, took her to a nearby dentist hoping he would look past skin colour to treat Maya’s unbearable pain. He refused to treat the little…

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