The Themes Of Poem In Maya Angelou's Caged Bird

893 Words 4 Pages
The title is a metaphor derived from Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird” to mean the bird which is Bahamian Culture is throwing itself against the bars of its cage which is metaphorical for the constraints to the inclusiveness of diversity to Bahamian Culture. Bahamian Culture struggles so much that it begins to bleed and needs to stop, but once its wounds are healed, it tries again. Bahamian Culture is very persistent for diversity and is just praying, wishing to be free. The cultural forefathers have caged the bird because they have been increasingly frightened at the possibility that the Bahamian culture is quickly becoming a hybrid culture that is being corroded almost daily. This fear could very well be the cause of attempts to preserve art …show more content…
In short, are Bahamians natural imitators or underrated originators? Bahamian Culture ancestors may be afraid that The Bahamian culture barely seems to be an expression of our African and European ancestry, appearing instead to be a diluted commodity that is rapidly being beleaguered by an invasion of foreign ideas and attitudes, and prostituted for marketing schemes. It is fair to assert that although the Bahamian culture is what makes one Bahamian, the creativity of Bahamian cultural art forms, such as “our architecture, our relation to the sea, our music, our dances and the original form of Bahamian Culture” (Gibson, 2008, p.1), is buried by the knack to copy everything that’s foreign. It is upon this fundamental background that the creators, the fundamentalist of Bahamian Culture have decided to “cage” it in. Rousseau’s ideology in his piece on the social contract is directly related to the issue Bahamian Culture is …show more content…
The commands of the rulers may pass for general wills where the Sovereign, even while free to, does not oppose them. Silence is taken to imply acceptance. However, for laws to be heeded they need to be accepted. The aim of the Social Contract is to determine a legitimate political authority. In the Bahamas this authority is the elected Government on the basis of a majority. It is right therefore that the Bahamian government look to the people from time to time for determinations regarding issues of national importance. Historically in the Bahamas legislation follows on the heels of international expectations and the efforts of our community from many sectors to ensure that their exists a system of laws that are found to be acceptable. The link between the pertinent issue of the affixing of constraints around the expansion of Bahamian Culture and Rousseau’s social contract is that Bahamian Culture ancestors have obviously decided that the caging in of Bahamian Culture is

Related Documents