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In the turmoil of life there are two main things that hold the human species together dignity and recognition Recognition and dignity can help a single person overcome a life-size problem The two powers can help any human holder help others and pass on recognition Recognition and dignity are truly the pinnacle of human desires and can withstand many different tortures and trials In the novel I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou writes about her childhood struggle to attain both recognition and dignity Maya frequently struggled throughout the novel to attain dignity She was constantly removed from the pleasures of dignity At one point in the book the pitiful Mr Freeman actually raped Maya This made Maya grimand ashamed of herself lowering her dignity to a horrifically run down level This incident asserted in the novel that Mayas dignity was very low Because of the rape which was not her fault Maya was afraid that she would be in trouble for lying to her family Fortunately there are a number of incidents in the book that transcend the lowering of dignity and portray Maya as a pleasured child with hints of dignity breaking through the cloud of desolate events One of these events was the class speech made by Mayas fellow student Henry Reed during her elementary school graduation Although the assembly of citizens at the graduation were unhappy Henry inspired the audience to a state of being on top again Providentially Maya was able to obtain much more respect then she was dignity Mayas main source of respect during the novel is revealed through her brother Bailey When speaking of Bailey in the beginning of the book Angelou speaks of her brother with pride admiration and love Because both Maya and her brother grew up together and went through all kinds of turbulence together they are best friends as well as brother and sister Another instance of recognition provided to Maya
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