Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou (April 4, 1928- May 28, 2014), also known as Maya Angelou, was an American author, poet, historian, singer, civil rights activist, and much, much more. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to Stamps, Arkansas because of her parent divorcing. At an early age, she was faced to racial discrimination in Arkansas. Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend at a young age, which devastated her and led to stop talking at an early age. Therefore, the boyfriend was killed by Maya Angelou’s uncles because of this horrific act.
She was raised in a semi-rural suburb outside of Cleveland in the small town of Maple Heights, Ohio. Early in her life, Mary was a victim of incest. Her father, Edward W. Oliver, a social studies teacher and athletic coach in the Cleveland public school system, sexually assaulted his own daughter repeatedly for years. In addition to sexual abuse, Oliver also experienced extreme emotional abuse. Despite the knowledge of the incest, Mary’s mother sided with her husband and neglected Mary.
Marguerite Annie Johnson was Maya Angelou’s name at birth. She was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou started going by Maya because her little brother could not pronounce Marguerite, so he would call her “My-a sister” which later turned to Maya. Maya Angleou was the daughter of “her mother Vivian Baxter who was a nurse and part time she worked as card dealer in a casino, her father named Bailey Johnson he was a doorman at an apartment building. Then she had an older brother named Bailey Jr. that was one-years old.” Growing up Maya did not have an easy-going childhood.
Janis Ian, an American singer and songwriter, reflects back on the time surrounding the release of her song “Society’s child” in her autobiography “My autobiography”. She looks back on an event, that represents the different reactions to her song “Society’s child”. The song was released in 1967, and the event takes place around that time. Very controversial at the time, her song “Society’s child” is about the segregation, that was relevant at that time, and the difficulties surrounding falling in love with someone, who had a different skin colour than your own. Her autobiography can easily be put into the rhetorical pentagon.
She congregates all her courage and flees to take refuge in the house of her mother-in-law at 124 Bluestone Road. She is soon traced and was forced to be back as a slave. On finding no hopes for freedom Sethe takes the most horrific step of killing her own daughter to show resistance towards slavery. She is imprisoned for seven years for her crime and later secluded by the community and declared an
Although Walker gained some measure of success as a writer during her marriage to Leventhal, the pressures of racial prejudice prevented many readers from appreciating her creative geniuses Walker’s concern for spiritual wholeness and cultural connectedness completely ascended the Physical in her fourth novel, The temple of my familiar (1989), a story that takes the reader into a time before the apparition of physical perfection and ownership began to dominate the mind of humanity. In her novel ‘The temple of my familiar’, Alice made use of different themes such as Racism and slavery, Oppression, depiction of black women. It is said that’ The temple of my familiar’ is an extension of the color purple in terms of themes. The various themes will be detailed in the second part. African American literature It is defined as a literature written by American of African descent.
Her mother abandoned her and her brother Keith, her father killed himself in prison after being convicted of child molesting. Being raised by her alcoholic grandmother, and abusive grandfather, she was beaten and raped, and conceived at age thirteen after being assaulted by a stranger and subsequently giving birth. After Aileen gave birth she gave the baby up for adoption. When she was fifteen she was kicked out of her house and worked as a prostitute on a Florida highway. The first person she killed was a man named Richard Mallory; he was found in a junkyard with five more men’s bodies (College).
I hope you get to the corner store where I killed your wife and kidnapped your daughter as soon as you can so you can be here to see this.” The phone houngan up. Harold dropped the phone and ran to the store where is wife was found. Harold came around the corner and seen his ex girlfriend holding his daughter Rayne. Harold asked “Tammy Lynn why? Why would you do this to me?” Tammy Lynn responded”You never loved me liked you loved your wife.” Harold got really close to Tammy Lynn, then reached for his daughter.
The novel opens in Cincinnati, where former slave Sethe lives at 124 Bluestone Road with her daughter Denver and her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs. Fifteen years before the start of the story, Sethe killed her infant daughter, trying to keep her from being brought back into slavery. The community knows about the murder and rejects Sethe. Her two sons, Buglar and Howard, left years before the novel’s start. After Baby Sugg’s death, Denver and Sethe are alone in the house with the ghost of the baby who died years ago.
Where he drinks the poison just as Juliet is waking, then she stabs herself. The families mend their strife after the death of their children. One probably does not think upon reading this tragedy that Romeo and Juliet did not mature much because of how quickly they fell for one another and how rushed their marriage was, but they matured in many ways. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage forced the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly. They shifted from child to adult in the little time they were together.