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Alice Walker and Maya Angelou are two contemporary African-American writers Although almost a generation apart in age both women display a remarkable similarity in their lives Each has written about her experiences growing up in the rural South Ms Walker through her essays and Ms Angelou in her autobiographies Though they share similar backgrounds each has a unique style that gives the readers the gift of their exquisite humanity with all of its frailties and strengths joys and sorrowsTragedy struck both of these women at the age of eight Ms Walker lost her sight in one eye Ms Angelou was raped Each described the incident as part of a larger work Ms Walker related her experience in the body of an essay published in her bookIn Search of Our Mothers Gardens Ms Angelou told her story as a chapter in her autobiographyI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Although both wrote about their traumatic experience the way each depicted the incident was distinct and seemed to be told for very different purposesAlice Walker reports the facts to the reader with short sentences written in the present tense She chooses words which elicit a forceful emotional response from her audience For example in telling how her brothers were given BB guns and she was not Ms Walker writes Because I am a girl I do not get a gun Instantly I am relegated to the position of Indian The word relegated causes the reader to be irate and indignant Most people do not like being relegated to anything Another illustration of Ms Walkers use of dynamic words can be found in her description of the encounter with her parents following the incident She speaks of being confronted by her parents Confronted is a combative word When others confront people they want to launch an attack Her style and choice of words make the reader aware that she is alone and fearful She is left to fight
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