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Maya Angelous I Know Why Caged Bird Sings illustrates how an innocent and naive girl growing up in the midst of the Great Depression overcomes lifes many obstacles and becomes the powerful and influential woman she is today Maya is a world renowned author teacher speaker actress and mother Through this autobiographical piece Mayas use of figurative language and allusion compounds her thoughts as she depicts how one can supersede the expected barriers and soar to new heights In chapters 14 and 15 of the book Mayas usage of figura tive language conveys her struggle to speak Through a tragic rape by her mothers boyfriend Maya is scared for life and is led to believe that the very sound of her voice is lethal consequently she conceives a six year silence that not knowing then could limit her opportunities and convert her fate After returning from St Louis and entering Stamps Maya entered her six year cocoon This haven extricated her metamorphic spurt into reality and womanhood As with every cocoon there is always a time when one must leave and bravely enter the unknown world behind the shell Mrs Flowers encouraged Maya to emerge and assisted her in finding her strongest defense and force her love of literature to open this barrier and allow Maya to end the silence By doing this it enhanced Mayas courage and willingness to conquer other barriers and fortresses Mayas love of literature expanded and opened her horizons One of Mayas favorite pieces of literature is The Tale of Two Cities She enjoyed it because it was a tale of her life although in different cities now being St Louis and Stamps it seemed as if she was reading her own autobiography which is in fact rather portentous and foreshadowing With the first line of the book being it was the best of times and the worst of times it paints a portrait of Mayas
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