I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou Essay

1236 Words Mar 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Through family, religion, and words Maya Angelou, is a Contemporary Era writer, her books are autobiographies telling about her life growing up in the South and all her adventures after that. Maya’s love of words, family, and God led her through a hard life and gave her the inspiration that was needed to be an inspirational writer for so many. Her first book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” gives us an insight into her early years and the trials that were associated. She grew up in a small southern community whose segregation was so heavy that, “In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn’t really absolutely know what whites looked like,”(Angelou, I know why the caged bird sings, 1970). The racial discrimination and the whites belief in racial superiority may have led to her feelings of worthlessness. In her poem ‘Caged Bird” she describes the feelings of everyone that has ever felt trapped. “The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings for freedom,”(Greenberg). The caged bird doesn 't just represent a bird, he represents every soul that has ever yearned for more, that has ever wanted something that they can 't have. The caged bird represents everyone, and we all sing for freedom. Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson. At age of three, her and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas, after their parents…

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