The Guardian writer Gary Younge Four years later, the children's father "came to Stamps without warning"  and returned them to their mother's care in St. At the age of eight, while living with her mother, Angelou was sexually abused and raped by her mother's boyfriend, a man named Freeman. She told her brother, who told the rest of their family. Freeman was found guilty but was jailed for only one day.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings underscores meaning through the stylistic details that illuminate its themes and action. Angelou utilizes literary devices to emphasize scenes and conversations which reveal the foibles of her characters.
Hence the janitor who lives in one room but sports a robin's-egg-blue Cadillac is not laughed at but admired, and the domestic who buys forty-dollar shoes is not criticized but is appreciated. Hyperbole Sympathy is next to shit in the dictionary, and I can't even read.
She had the grace of control to appear warm in the coldest weather, and on the Arkansas summer days it seemed she had a private breeze which swirled around, cooling her. Symbol Just my breath, carrying my words out, might poison people and they'd curl up and die like the black fat slugs that only pretended.
I had to stop talking. Similes I was called Old Lady and chided for moving and talking like winter's molasses. He was my first white love. I could cry anytime I wanted by picturing my mother I didn't quite know what she looked like lying in her coffin.
Alliteration I mastered the art of crocheting and tatting, and there was a lifetime's supply of dainty doilies that would never be used in sacheted dresser drawers. The time crowded together and at an End of Days I was swinging on the back of the rackety trolley, smiling sweetly and persuading my charges to "step forward in the car, please.
I sliced onions, and Bailey opened two or even three cans of sardines and allowed their juice of oil and fishing boats to ooze down and around the sides. The laws were so absolute, so clearly set down, that I knew if a person truly wanted to avoid hell and brimstone, and being roasted forever in the devil's fire, all she had to do was memorize Deuteronomy and follow its teaching, word for word.
Literary Allusion Momma and other ladies caught him in time to bring him back to the bench, where he quickly folded upon himself like a Br'er Rabbit rag doll. My pity for Mrs. Cullinan preceded me the next morning like the Cheshire cat's smile.
Aphorism "Thou shall not be dirty" and "Thou shall not be impudent" were the two commandments of Grandmother Henderson upon which hung our total salvation. Can't do is like Don't Care. A pyramid of flesh with the whitefolks on the bottom, as the broad base, then the Indians with their silly tomahawks and teepees and wigwams and treaties, the Negroes with their mops and recipes and cotton sacks and spirituals sticking out of their mouths.
Dialect Naw, Helen, you ain't standing like her. Bah Jesus, I live for my wife, my children and my dog. Ritie, don't worry 'cause you ain't pretty.In Maya Angelou's autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya's beautiful, vivacious biological mother, Vivian Baxter, emerges as an important character in her daughter's life.
She also worked as feature editor for the African Review. She penned her most famous memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in The book chronicles Angelou’s childhood. Perhaps more than any other single text, Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" helped to establish the audience and the 'mainstream' status of the renaissance in black women's writing.
I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou..A free bird leaps on the back Of the wind and floats downstream Till the current ends and dips his wing In the orange suns rays And dares to claim the.
Page/5(29). Maya Angelou’s autobiography, [I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings] like [Richard] Wright’s, opens with a primal childhood scene that brings into focus the nature of the imprisoning environment.
If you also consider that the title of her first autobiography was "I know why the caged bird sings", the connection of bird and Maya Angelou seems almost certain.
When addressing the motivation of the caged bird, it then seems obvious that the "why" is a yearning for freedom.