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Her life was never easy From the time she was born Maya Angelouwas subjected to racism rape grief and dehumanization She beared enoughemotional stress in a time frame that most people dont experience in alifetime Yet she prevailed She forced herself to become stronger And indoing so she produced writings which in turn helped others to becomestrong Her experiences and the lessons learned gave her confidence to be ateacher a preacher and an inspiration to millions Maya Angelou wascourageous Based on Angelous most prestigious autobiography I Know WhyThe Caged Bird Sings along with others certainly reveals the occurringhardships and misfortunes of her life In Maya Angelous first published autobiography I Know Why TheCaged Bird Sings in 1970 she focuses in on the concept of black skin andthe emotions and fears that come along with it Caged Bird begins it openswith a symbolic presentation expressing Angelous fears as a little girl beingstared at in church by the whites in society who looked down on the peopleof colored skin Further Jon Zlotnik Schmidt of American Writersseparates this introduction as one of the several in which Maya Angeloufeels abused because she is a black child and sees herself as an outcast inall of societyAmerican Writers IV 2 Throughout Caged Bird Angelouremains displaced as being a racist in society She is deserted and rejectedby her mother Vivian BaxterBlack Women Writers 5 In several of herrelated fantasies Angelou as a child imagines her mother lying in a coffindead with no face Since I couldnt fill in the features I printed M O T H E R across the O and tears would fall down my cheeks like warmmilkAmerican Writers 3 As she grew up with no mother in her life MayaAngelou was forced to become a mature adolescent at a young ageAmerican I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings prevails in moments wheremetaphors correspond perfectly to the emotions of Maya Angelousrelationship with Annie Henderson her grandmother whom Angelou referredto as
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