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I will not allow anybody to minimize my life not anybody not a living soul- nobody no lover no mother no son no boss no president no body Maya Angelou In Maya Angelous I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings she Maya tells the reader about the challenges and praises throughout her life She gets across to the reader that the number of things that have occurred to her in her life will never add up to make her feel unworthy Because Angelou is a spirited journalist pg5 she was inspired to begin writing I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by a meeting with novelist James Baldwin Random House Editor Robert Loomis and cartoonist Jules Feiffer and his wife Judy in 1970 After the inspiration arose Angelou began her rigid work on yellow legal pads pg 9 where she let her ideas flow The content of those legal pads resulted in a bestseller of which contained Maya Angelous flowing style the use of dialect settings and characterization Dialect is very influential to the tone of Angelous autobiography as it was to the tone of Herman Melvilles Billy Budd It was only through the dialect that the reader was able to understand Billys character As in Billy Budd Angelou uses dialect in her writings to enhance the tone of the book Thats right You know the children was readin me something th other day Say folks dream about whatever was on their mind when they went to sleepPg 158 Angelou quoted her momma paternal grandmother and allows the reader to feel a sense as if momma was really saying something to them she brings momma to life J Moreno Pg 2 As for the quote stated Angelou uses what we consider to be African American slang more formally known as ebonics to personalize momma In everyday English we use subject and verb agreement however Angelou does not by writing the children was reading this
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