The human connection to birds is a fascinating thing that is often depicted in stories. Humans want to be free like birds and fly away from the troubles that are present in their life. Birds reflect the image of freedom in life, so it’s no wonder that the Bald Eagle is the emblem of the United States; a country built on the principles of freedom and equality. Two famous poets by the names of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Maya Angelou used the image of the bird to describe how they felt in their own life. Even though Dunbar wrote in the Reconstruction Era and Angelou wrote around the time of the Civil Rights Movement, their ideas were almost identical. Angelou and Dunbar show similarities when they describe feeling trapped like caged birds, but their portrayal of the birds contrast in their actions …show more content…
When he became older, he took a job as an elevator operator as he was unable to attend college due to money troubles. Dunbar self-published Oak and Ivy in 1893 and to pay for the publishing expenses sold the book for a dollar to passengers in the elevator (“Paul Laurence Dunbar”). Dunbar went on to write 11 more poetry books and a couple of short stories and novels. Although he was a successful and published author, Dunbar dealt with racism almost all of his life. He struggled to find a job after being rejected from multiple businesses because of his race. His poem Sympathy is just one example of how he felt trapped like a caged bird in his life. Even though the Civil War was over, African Americans still did not have as many privileges and opportunities as most White people had. Most of Dunbar’s writing showed his perspective of life and the struggles that came with it. Maya Angelou was born in 1928 and suffered a hard childhood that later on affected her writing. When she was eight years old, Maya was sexually abused and raped by her mother’s boyfriend. After he was found guilty, the man was murdered and it was thought that it was by Maya’s
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The Bird taunted Louie, beating him unconscious often. He had a deep hatred for Louie, but Louie didn’t let fear and despair overwhelm him. Louie and other prisoners rebelled against the guards, stealing and feeling the satisfaction of doing something defiant. Louie never lost hope during those awful years, and it was worth it. When America won the war, Louie went home, thrilled to be with his family, yet he was plagued with PTSD and alcoholism.
Booker T. Washington v.s. W.E.B. Dubois Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois are more different than you think. I know they were both pretty similar but they were also different. They both had one main similarity and one main difference. So although they were both civil rights leaders they had different approaches on how blacks should earn their freedoms.
The birds portray the possibility of escape from Portland, which is referred to as a cage by Alex (A cage for birds), “We are in a cage: a bordered cage” (228). Through this foreshadowing is also seen, as both Alex and Lena plan to escape into the Wilds like the birds. In addition, Alex also says to Lena, “The first time I saw you […] I hadn’t been to watch the birds at the border in years. But that’s what you reminded me of […] you were so fast […] Just a flash and then you were gone. Exactly like a bird” (230).
Some might say Booker T Washington or W.E.B DuBois was better however; they both had their own stake in civil rights to either try to bring about change or encourage the African American community to be appreciated by whites to where they were loyal from the beginning. As Booker T Washington said in his speech," As we proved our loyalty to you in the past, in nursing your children, watching by the sickbed of you mothers and fathers, and often following them with tear-dimmed eyes the their graves, so in the future, in our humble way, we shall stand by you with the devotion that no foreigner can approach.. " Likewise they both still have that on purpose to where W.E.B. DuBois was advocating for African Americans to receive that same eligible education while, Booker T Washington was fighting for self-reliance and more civil rights. As to where African Americans would be able to vote, so you asked who was a stronger advocate. In my opinion, I would say both, because you cannot attempt to pin one against the other where all they both did was try to compromise in receiving equality of the races.
Can Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois be compared to how they see black americans? Both mean had their own opinions. And felt different to what they felt black americans should and should not do and also how they should be soon. In my opinion they had two separate believes and thought two complete different ways. This essay will explain how these two men seen black americans.
W.E.B Du Bois and Booker T. Washington were some of the most prominent black leaders of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. They both worked to better the lives of African Americans throughout their lifetime, but took two different approaches. Although Washington presented a strong argument, I believe Du Bois had a more efficient and useful idea.
Compare and Contrast Angelou and Hughes Throughout the trial-and-error events that have happened in America, there are good and bad results in the end. During the 20th century, a big positive result was the art that had developed during this time. From paintings to poems, and sculpture to music, everything was inspiring to many individuals. There were many pieces of art that were so inspirational and thought-provoking that they are still around in the 21st century.
In the auto-biographical excerpt from Ornithological Biographies by John James Audubon, he depicts his intriguing encounter with the wild pigeons of Ohio, while in Annie Dillard's engaging excerpt from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, she illustrates her thought-provoking observation of the Starling roost migration. Both writers had an overriding passion that showed through in the diction, tone, and syntax of their pieces. Because of these different infatuations both authors use different literary devices that match their feelings of how they view the birds and how the birds affected them. The authors were very different in their tonality of the excerpts, as in how Audubon was a scientist studying the life of birds, but Dillard had a passion for the arts. Therefore both writers had a very different style of writing.
In the poems “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar and “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou, both portray captive birds that sing. However in “Sympathy”, the bird pleads with god for freedom, whereas in “Caged Bird” the captive bird calls for help from a free bird. In “Sympathy” the bird knows what freedom feels like since there was a time where the bird was once free, but now is trapped. In the first stanza the use of imagery revealed how freedom felt before the bird was caged.
The two poems “Sympathy” written by Paul Laurence Dunbar and “Caged Bird” written by Maya Angelou are so similar, yet so different. Both of the poems are very similar because they both share a single underlying theme which is Freedom. Both Dunbar and Angelou wrote their poems about a universal concept that individuals will find at some point in their lifetime. These poems show that when one fights for their rights they will face difficulties, but them having hope will help for them to overcome their pain. The birds in “Sympathy” and “Caged Bird” demonstrate that if they get caught up in a trap the birds are still able to fight for what they want.
Symbolism plays a crucial role in relating both works of literature to the main theme of freedom. Robinson Jeffers uses symbolism all throughout his poem. One of the major symbols being the hawk in of itself. Birds, in general, are related to a sense of freedom, the sky is the limit. Birds have the ability to fly, and flying in itself represents freedom.
In the two poems Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar and Caged Bird by Maya Angelou, gave a comparison between the life of a caged bird and the life of a slave. There are similarities and differences in the two poems. The difference between the two poem is that Sympathy is more aggressive than the poem Caged Bird, and the similarities of the two poems is the theme and imagery. The poem Sympathy the poem
Joanne Gabbin notices this, stating, “Likewise, in ‘Sympathy’ Dunbar grasps the universal cry for freedom, the inevitable theme of African American literature since black poets tried to sing in a strange land. The speaker in the poem metaphorically becomes the caged bird beating its wings against bars that do not give way” (Gabbin 228). Dunbar may also have been addressing the issue of African-American literature being used for minstrel tales and dialectic stories. Dunbar, along with other African-American poets at the time, felt trapped in the style and prose he was expected to write in, which brought focus to another aspect responsible for the style of literature known as African-American literature
A Bird’s Eye View Emily Dickinson opens up her poem with the famous line, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words,’’. Paul Laurence Dunbar ends his poem with the line “I know why the caged bird sings!”. These two lines from the poets form the theme of the two poems. The poem “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson, and “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar both present a theme that suffering makes you appreciate hope much more. It seems that hope and pain are almost a dynamic duo.
[and] I know why the caged bird beats his wing / Till it’s blood red on the creek bars; / For he must fly back to his perch and cling/ when he fain would be on. The cough a swing; / And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars / and they pulse again with a keener sting” (Dunbar 1-2, 4-5, 8-13).