When Mrs. Cullinan had a few other women over they were on the topic of Marguerite one of the women said,” Well that may be, but the name’s too long. I’d never bother myself. I’d call her Mary if i was you” (107). Maya hated this name so much that she broke some of Mrs. Cullinan’s finest china, just so she could get fired.
She was not concerned about the consequences her actions could have carried for the people in the movement. However through the use of interior monologue, Mate realizes something. For example on page 255 the use of interior monologue with the line “I was so tempted to say, Ay ---, save yourself, save us. But I couldn’t. It was if that would have been the real
In the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings one has to power to gain freedom. Dr. Lincoln owed some money to Momma, and Momma went to Dr. Lincoln to figure out if he could help her since she helped him when he needed money. The author explains, “Momma and her son laughed and laughed over the white man’s evilness and her retributive sin”(pg.164). Dr. Lincoln technically had more power than Momma, but since Dr. Lincoln owed money to Momma, she had more power in that
Rhetorical Analysis: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings In her memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelo commemorates and admires strong independent black women and strives to become a well-educated woman herself. Through the use of visual imagery, Angelou describes Mrs. Flowers as a refined black woman to convey to the audience a feeling of pride and recognition for all sophisticated black women and a sense of empathy for Maya. Maya compares Mrs. Flowers to the “women in English novels” who had the luxury to sit “in front of roaring fireplaces” and drink “tea incessantly from silver trays” (93).
When Marguerite is speaking to others, she thinks that everything is about her and doesn’t care about others. She said ”’what are you standing in my way for… Let me get to the fire, I am perished with the cold.”’ while walking in because Jellyband was in her way to the fire(Orczy 10). By speaking to Jellyband and others in this way it resembles that she prioritizes herself over others. Most people would be hurt and offended if someone were to talk to them that way. It makes the reader feel like she has a poor attitude; therefore, they feel as if she is inconsiderate.
Even though the similes used are highly referential, they also express the innocence of the eight-year old girl and how what she is going through exceeds her durability. As a matter of fact, lack of concentration accompanies Carrie throughout the novel; this is made clear through her repetition of “I swear” trying to prove that it is the first time for her to hear such things while actually it is not. She says “When on earth did we learn multiplication? I swear I have no idea how an x between two numbers is supposed to change what they’re worth”, also when she says “I swear I didn’t even hear the bell ring” (Flock 36). Caroline’s lack of concentration leads to a discernible deterioration in her level at school and her lack of interest in learning.
In addition, it relates to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings because the novel shows severe discrimination against women and communists and Laura gets molested by an older man. AP Literature Questions: Vocabulary: Recalcitrant (adj. ): resisting authority or hard to control Original Sentence: “Reenie would say - when I was recalcitrant- that I had a hard nature and she knew where I got it from (page 80).” My Sentence: His parents grew weary of trying to discipline their recalcitrant toddler. Masticate (v.): to grind or crush (food) with or as if with the teeth. Original Sentence: “Mastication was the name for it - not eating (page 186).” My Sentence: Kurt masticated his slice of cake slowly, with the concentration of a surgeon.
Emotional Burdens in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and The Things They Carried Over the course of your life, you will most likely experience an abundance of emotional burdens that can either make or destroy you, which begs the question: How much of an emotion strain can a single person handle before breaking? In Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya is faced with the emotional burden of being a young black woman in a time where racism was an issue across America. As she grows, she tells the story of her struggle to become an independent woman when all odds are against her otherwise. In Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, Tim describes his time as a soldier in Vietnam in the late 1960s where the only thing scarier than the threat of death was the burdens they would carry on their shoulders for the rest of their lives. In Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird
Juan, with numerous failed attempts in getting his family to safety, once lost his patience with God crying, “What’s wrong with You? I thought we had a deal!” (137). As the chapter progresses, Juan suddenly experiences religious inspiration, and “instead of feeling abandoned by God, he felt close to Him” (138) showing how frustration generates a stronger connection between man and God. In addition, Doña Margarita teaches Salvador to avoid frustration by using the power of God “for this is God’s great plan, that people rise up beyond their personal hatreds” (471). Doña Margarita says that once everyone “recognize we are all the children of God,” (471) it will lead to happiness because she believed that God is the almighty figure that has the ability to enlighten the world.
In the autobiography written by Maya (Marguerite) Angelou titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya tells the story of her and her little brother Bailey who was sent to live with their paternal grandmother who is referred to as Momma Henderson in Stamps, Arkansas. Maya and her brother both lived a pretty normal country life with their grandmother in a southern state that at the time still had segregation. During one Christmas season, gifts arrived for Maya and her brother. Up to that point, Maya and her brother believed that their parents were dead. (Angelou, 52) Shortly after that Maya and her brother was brought back to reside with their mother, Vivian in St. Louis.