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

1452 Words Oct 29th, 2015 6 Pages
The banned book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou describes the power of living one 's life despite what one is facing, and should therefore not be banned. The book was banned in various towns in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, on account of it "encouraging deviant behavior". This belief is due to the book 's references to lesbianism, premarital sex, cohabitation, pornography, profanity, and violence. The Alabama State Textbook Committee declared it to encourage "bitterness and hatred toward white people."(“Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”) Today, the book is still banned in these states. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is graphic and suggestive indeed, however, this is merely due to the fact that the book is a true representation of Maya Angelou 's life. The argument that the book is an act of Hate towards white people is quite frankly absurd, as Angelou endured much at the hands of whites, and was simply bold enough to display the facts and feelings of her life. Some may say I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is too profane, pornographic, racist, or violent, but this will be proven false.

Maya Angelou 's life was full of "obscenity", which is why her autobiography is full of "offensive" scenes and graphics; she is telling the story of her inspiring life, despite her challenges, which has the capacity to initiate a powerful…

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