Symbolism In Phenomenal Woman

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Phenomenally a, Phenomenal Woman Jane Austen once said, “I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures” (In Persuasion, Chapter 8). In Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman,” she expresses her frustration about how stereotypical conventions of an ideal women should empower females, however they are exposed to unachievable models of the female prototype. The poem also illustrates the importance of confidence and how it affects the perception of others. Angelou showcases a young woman in her poem that fails to meet societal expectations of the ideal physical appearance of women in today’s modern society. Instead she shy’s away from these expectations by accepting who she is. While growing up, she faced constant discrimination not only as a woman, but also as an African American. Angelou who was also a well-known civil rights activist, was a strong role model for several young black women. Maya Angelou conveys confidence in her physical appearance despite women’s subjection to society’s impossible standards. Through the use of imagery, symbolism and repetition Angelou illustrates hurdles in her journey to become a confident women.
In Angelous’ poem, “Phenomenal Woman’, she expresses her confidence as a woman through her physical appearance. Seen through her use of imagery, the poet proudly argues that she is immensely
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She takes the time to emphasize her body parts as if they symbolize different aspects of her life. Her “arms” relates to the things she is trying to attain but cannot because she is consistently held back, her “hips”, the most dominant feature of a black woman, shows that she has confidence in herself because she is aware of her self-worth. As a woman, Angelou signifies that her self-confidence will only make her more attractive to men. Although she does not exude the ideal concept of a beautiful woman, she reassures the reader that she can still get any man she

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