Comparing Life Doesn't Frighten Me and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

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Comparing Life Doesn't Frighten Me and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

This essay will compare and contrast 'life doesn't frighten' me by Maya Angelou and 'still I rise' by Maya Angelo the theme of fear and pride will be explored in this essay. The theme of fear and pride is discussed in this essay because in one of the poems she is scared of little things that scare and they is nothing to be scared of like the dark, but in the other poem pride is the theme because she is proud of her color.

One of the main similarities between the texts is that the poems both use repetition. This is displayed in 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' because she says

"Not at all, not at all, life doesn't frighten me at
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Another main similarity between the two poems is that they both sound like they are courageous. This is shown in 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' because she says that anything that would usually scares people normally dosen't scare her "panthers in the park, all alone in the dark, no, they don't frighten me at all" the quotation above proves that she is not scared of things that normal people would be scared of, she also reslises that reality is more scary than fiction. Similarly in 'still I rise' she is saying that no matter what happens she will rise nothing can stop her from being like normal people.

"You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still like air Ill rise".

The evidence above demonstrates that you can put her down as much as she wants but she we still rise, she is also using personification.

However another significant difference between the two poems is that although they are both using courage's speech one is reassuring herself self telling her that's she is ok but the other poem is telling her that she has overcome her fears. This is displayed in 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' because she is just saying that she is ok but really deep down inside she is really scared.

"No, they don't frighten me at all"

The quotation

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