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In the poems Phenomenal Woman and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou we see a variety of important ideas andor themes that emphasizes fitting in todays society encouraging others specifically women to be confident and independent and most importantly equality The poet expresses these through using her past experiences to give the poem a more in depth meaning to the readersOne of the main ideas in the poems that are pointed out is fitting into the society Pretty women wonder where my secret lies Im not cute or built to suit a fashion models size In todays society the definition of perfect is being skinny pretty it affects almost every girl in the world and try to fit in and if they dont fit in they get bullied and treated like dirt and sometimes it gets worse sometimes people take it to heart and self-harm or try to commit suicide which in my opinion is very sad and quite disturbing the fact that people try to hurt themselves and even worse take their own life away is just overwhelming and indescribable You may write me down in history with your bitter twisted lies you may tread me in the very dirt but still like dust Ill rise This quote from Still I Rise shows that no matter what other people say and do to her she wont give in On society We are growing up We are growing up Out of idiocies- the ignorance of racism sexism ageism all those ignorancesAngelou uses different themes to support the ideas shes trying to portray one is encouraging others to be confident and independent Being confident in your own identity means having faith and pride in yourself It means that nothing can stop you from being you Its the fire in my eyes and the flash of my teeth this quote tells us that she is fierce and confident Angelou encourages us in
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