Why I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou?

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Maya Angelou was an influential woman, and even after death, her works continue to thrive. Arguably, some of her most impressive works were her series autobiographies. She had so many memorable experiences that she found herself able to make multiple autobiographies centered around different points in her life. One of the most renowned of all the installments would be the first autobiography she published: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. The audience she purposefully attracts to this work is other African-American women such as herself; they are drawn to the grim experiences she recounts living through. all because of her sex, race, and having been born during the Civil Rights era. Maya Angelou writes her life down on paper for everyone to read, and the rhetorical strategies she uses in this book make every experience seem more vivid. Maya Angelou was a woman well-versed in the usage of symbolism in her pieces; she represents important ideas and concepts through objects, places, characters, etc. Maya mentions often throughout the book her struggles with inferiority when compared to whites, especially the girls. This comes as no surprise seeing as she was born when segregation was very much alive. On page 29 …show more content…
She could’ve easily just recounted the stories without any of the brilliantly placed rhetorical strategies she chose to include in her writing; however, instead of doing that, she chose to make it more realistic for the reader as well. While reading “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” it is nearly impossible to remember whether you’re reading about Maya’s experiences from a distance or instead living and experiencing them right there with her when they were happening. If this was Maya Angelou’s goal she achieved it and, she will continue to as her works continue to carry her

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