Essay on I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou

1250 Words Sep 6th, 2016 5 Pages
What would life be like if we had all been equal at the beginning and there was never any wars? Would there be more people on earth? Would be not be as technologically advanced as we are? I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an autobiography of the author Maya Angelou , emphasizes the hard, unacceptable life of negroes in a time when they weren’t superior to the rich whites. Tim O 'Brien 's novel The Things They Carried, accentuates the chaotic and misunderstood lives told through the eyes of O’Brien and other soldiers who fought for what they believed in .Both author 's use of the characters emotional and physical burdens in the novels exquisitely present the themes to the reader. It is in our history that racism and segregation has plagued people of the world. Not just in the United States but everywhere. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou shows phenomenal representations of the plague. “Wouldn 't they be surprised if one day I woke up out of my black ugly dream, and my real hair, which was long and blonde, would take the place of my kinky mass momma wouldn’t let me straightened”(2). With this quote, Angelou is describing what she seems to think is what the ideal and perfect woman looks like. Being white and beautiful seemed like the key to living in peace and happiness. This was hard for Maya to understand as a young kid because she was physically black and never experienced what whites could. Racism comes from the lie that certain human beings are less than…

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