However, most people will remember her as the first black woman who became a renowned author USA. But it is not correct to pay attention to only her writing accomplishments. Apart from writing, Maya also succeeded as a civil rights activist, film producer, dancer, actress, professor, and in other fields. What did Maya Angelou accomplish? Most important accomplishment of Maya Angelou is writing of the book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.
Like Kennedy, she turned away from classical realism and used her poetry to create theater, giving birth to verse plays written in a very visual language. But in contrast to Kennedy’s plays, Sanchez’s plays were written in consonance with the aesthetic pursued by the artists of the Black Arts movement, as reflected in her one-woman monologue Sister Son/ji (1969). Presented in a surrealistic style, the play shows a fifty-five-year-old woman’s struggle that stands as a metaphor for that of African Americans throughout history in the US and is, according to Elizabeth Brown-Guillory, “one of the most significant portrayals of the Black Power Movement of the 1960s.”9 Moreover, Sanchez also uses the stage to address black men and ask them to respect black women, as presented in The Bronx Is Next (1968).
The second reason why I agree with this article is because Phillis Wheatley 's presence in the public sphere of 18th-century America gave her the ability to influence public political opinion. Her ability to create poetry despite being an enslaved black woman resulted in constant references to her transformation from barbarian to genius in the public 's eye. She became a recognizable figure, and this allowed her poetry and her beliefs to influence the perceptions of all slaves. A quote I found from Flanzbaum says "There was no great poetry in the eighteenth century, and Wheatley 's poetry was as good as the best American poetry of her age,"(Flanzbaum 59). Flanzbaum has described that poems from Phillis Wheatley where like no other poem, they were more unique to her because no poet would express the way she expresses her poems, they are a true definition of lyrical poems.
Du Bois, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar, as well as canonical works by William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe.” (pg1.p.2). Angelou uses fiction-writing to complicate the different types of genres relationships to help with truth and memory. “Angelou’s use of fiction-writing techniques like dialogue and plot in her autobiographies was innovative for its time and helped, in part, to complicate the genre 's relationship with truth and memory. Maya Angelou 's relation to the poem was that the entire poem was talking about her and embracing her
Many poets during Shakespeare’s time wrote traditional blazon sonnets, ones that compared women to the most wondrous things life has to offer; gems, jewels, plants, and stars. Such beautiful comparisons were made and the women appeared so divine but they were unrealistic. Women had become a collection of objects rather than human, but Shakespeare shed some light on the matter at hand and presented a new way of thinking. In Shakespeare’s My Mistress’ Eyes, he purposefully contradicts the typical blazon tradition, uses enjambment, end-stop, and rhyme schemes to create a sonnet which serves as a statement that disowns the societal views on women.
Many African American musicians, artists, and writers blossomed as instigators for this cultural awakening, like Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, and of course Langston Hughes to name a few (Hutchinson, p.1). Langston Hughes was a pioneer of contemporary African American literature. His work, Montage of a Dream Deferred, is comprised of several poems which read as one, centered mainly on the African American community in post World War II Harlem. The overarching motif is of the dream deferred, which was Hughes’ way of responding to racial oppression in America. The dream deferred refers to how there is the American dream, which exists for white Americans, and the dream deferred reflects on how the ideals of the American dream do not always include all people, like African Americans, Jewish people, and any person who has heard “the music of a dream deferred” (Hughes, p.425).
The Violence in her fiction is seen by her as a distortion of love that is not expressed. Exploring various kinds of love Morrison makes clear that the capacity for genuine love must be achieved through personal growth, by realizing one’s virtue while accepting one self and others as they are. Morrison’s novels tend to deal with almost all the initial treads prevalent in the cultural stream of the contemporary black community. To read anything of Morrison book is to be in the presence of a writer who knows her history and who is determined to make the past usable for her people.
Role Reversal in Macbeth Stereotypes are preconceived notions identifiable in society and culture around the world. William Shakespeare utilizes the stereotypes in reference to gender roles in his romantic tragedy, Macbeth, to shape characters and advance plot. The typical characteristics between genders in the era in the play are initially revealed but are then readdressed thereafter in a complicated gender-role reversal which Shakespeare portrays the difference between women and men by how they derive the ultimate theme in Macbeth: power. To begin, Shakespeare employs his progressive view on gender in the play. Extending off of that point, Shakespeare wrote his plays in an era where women had been stereotyped as less intelligent and rational, therefore labelled as the weaker sex.
“And woman should stand beside man as the comrade of his soul, not the servant of his body.” Charlotte Perkins Gilman Gilman has depicted fine portraits of a variety of characters struggling between the two worlds Herland (the world which entirely consists of women) and United States of America (from where the boys have come which is a world full of corruption, violence, jealousy, competition, wars). As a feminist novel about the isolated society/country of women, the novel serves an idealistic viewpoint. Though it is a utopian novel but there is a touch of reality. The imaginary world is related to the contemporary world and has a realistic touch. Although it is an imaginary world yet there is so much to learn from them.
From ritualistic dances with body paints, or portrait masks, to live and televised performances of singers, actors, and dancers sharing their feelings about what it is like to be black, the industry has come a long way. But has it come far enough? There is still a great deal of work to be done as evident by the thoughts of many contemporary artists, who use their platform to create change. Thankfully, in today’s entertainment industry, as opposed to in the 1920’s, black artists are comfortable showing their blackness. In the 1920’s, Ernest Hogan, a black minstrel and vaudeville comedian, was not able to do the same.