Annie was very successful in her life. The story, "New Directions", by Maya Angelou, it states that Annie did many things for her family. She was successful by working hard at night, walked everywhere so she could sell pies and earn money, and making a store where people could buy her items.
In this speech Maya Angelou uses an epideictic as her type of speech in order to talk about her friend who had passed away. In this speech there are many emotional appeals which can be expected because she is talking about a very good friend of hers who she no longer has. An epideictic is used to display the qualities of something or in this case some one. Maya Angelou says in her speech “She was a quintessential African-American woman” by saying this Maya displays how highly she thought of Coretta Scott King. Maya has a specific audience who she addresses few times in order to continue to focus on her main topic. Maya used many rhetorical strategies in order to convince others that Coretta Scott King was loved, influential and overall an amazing person.
To begin with, the tone of this poem is yearning for human connections. Angelou is longing for human relations as well as telling the reader the importance of these relationships. In the first stanza Angelou states, “Lying, thinking / Last night / How to find my soul a home / Where water is not thirsty/ And bread loaf is not stone.” She is trying to find a purpose and something to fill her empty void. Then she comes to the realization, that the only way to fill the void is to make healthy human relationship. “I came up with one thing / And I don’t believe I’m wrong / That nobody, / But nobody / Can make it here alone,” she’s yearning for love or a friendship. She also exemplifies her yearning tone, “Storm clouds are
Throughout the years, sports have become a major part of society. Sports, a large percentage of the time, are a part of peoples’ lives in one way or another. Whether they participate in them or just enjoy watching them, sports are a big deal to the majority of people. There are also some individuals who have redefined the expectations when it comes to certain sports. For instance, Babe Ruth redefined the way people think about baseball, or Michael Jordan completely changing the game of basketball. But Joe Louis and Venus and Serena Williams have changed their games in a way no one could have imagined. Although “Champion of the World” by Maya Angelou and “Woman Who Hit Very Hard and How They’ve Changed Tennis” by Michael Kimmelman are different, they are similar in the ways they show how the respected athletes, Joe Louis and the Williams sisters, changed the game and were seen using symbolism in racial and sexual progression.
Maya Angelou was an inspiring activist, poet, and woman. Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928. Throughout her lifetime she explored her career options as an actress, dancer, singer, writer, and editor among many other careers. Angelou had a tough childhood. Her parents divorced when she was very young and she was sent to live with her grandmother in Arkansas along with her brother Bailey. As an African American, Angelou experienced discrimination and racial prejudices. Angelou gave birth to her son Guy, at the age of sixteen and married her first husband Tosh Angelos, at the age of twenty-four. Angelou and Tosh divorced years later however, she did get married a couple of more times. Angelou experienced many
I'm going to be analyzing the short story, New Directions, By Maya Angelou. It's a story with a strong theme of courage. A book that reminds us that we can still make a name for ourselves, even if we have to do it alone. I'll be discussing a few of the key elements of the story such as the plot, setting, and mood in this analysis.
Lastly, the use of similes in the poem effectively conveys the key idea further. In the simile, ‘Just like moons and like suns…still I’ll rise’, the poet is comparing herself to the moon and the sun, which are two very powerful things. The common phrase, ‘the sun will always rise tomorrow’ directly connects to this simile because by comparing herself to the sun, Angelou connotes to the reader she is certain that she will always ‘rise’ again tomorrow just like the sun, no matter what happens to her. By showing her determined and resilient attitude to not give in to oppressors through this simile, it strengthens the key idea of this poem. Further use of similes also helps to reveal Maya Angelou’s bold and powerful attitude, for example, when she says, “‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells pumping in my living room.’ By using this
Why do you think it matters to Angelou that she "had proved that one of their descendants, at least one, could just briefly return to Africa, and that despite cruel betrayals,
Prejudice, discrimination, or opposition against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s race is superior is called racism. In stories “Finishing School” by Maya Angelou and “What’s in a Name?” by Henry Louis Gates Jr. racism is revealed by the main characters who showed similarities and differences within the time. Racism is portrayed in “Finishing School” and “What’s in a Name?” through the setting, circumstances, and characters reactions.
At the end of every line Maya Angelou says that she will rise. The repetition is important in showing that no matter what comes against her she will still rise. She has learned to fight to stay happy. Even through all the adversity’s she faces she can still stay happy. The repetition of the phrase throughout the poem help signify its importance to the author. While saying that nothing can bring her down she is also saying that she will overcome adversities and rise
Maya Angelou acclaimed poet and author wrote a poem entitled “America”. The poem offers words of truth of our country America. The poem begins, “ The gold of her promise, has never been mined.” America, promises us that all men are created equal. The first problem with the promise is we are not all men. The gold of her promise, address equality. Although it is promised to all in this country, its never delivered, when discrimination, of race and gender are still existent. “Her borders of justice, not clearly defined.” We all have our opinions on what justice is, because circumstances differ when we speak of justice in the terms of punishment, to make up for ones wrong doing. Yet, the borders of justice are not
Throughout Angelou's autobiography, I was particularly struck by two scenes. The first, is when Reverend Thomas is visiting Angelou's church, and as their minister is preaching, Sister Monroe, a woman "couldn't get to church every Sunday, so she made up for her absences by shouting so hard," storms the altar and attacks the minister after she is overcome by his sermon (39). The second moment that struck me occurs when Angelou and her family are attending the revival meeting, and a similar event occurs when Mrs. Duncan, who was charged with beginning the sermon, is so moved by words of God that she was "[nearly shrieking]" the song she was singing in the makeshift church (124). As someone who is not particularly religious and never attended
“On the pulse of morning” describes the challenges facing the American people through personification. The challenges that faced America in the late 20th and early 21st century were the struggles for wisdom, freedom, and a greater future. Angelou advised the audience to return to wisdom, “Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your brow and when you yet knew you still knew nothing.” (Angelou) Another challenge faced in the poem is the struggle for freedom. “They all hear the speaking of the tree”, freedom for everyone no matter what ethnic background. Finally the last challenge in the poem is the future. Stating the importance of learning from history to have a better future, where we will not relive our past.
Maya Angelou’s poignant statement, “history, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again” speaks to the growing need to bring diversity and respect into the educational environment. Forgetting the reasons for the conflicts of the past and ignoring the conversations of today will only help to sustain the current trend of negative discourse between certain communities. For English teachers, literature is, perhaps, one of the best ways to promote social values in race, ethnicity, gender expression, age, appearance, ability, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, community
It is safe to say that society today has evolved to value consumer goods over minimalistic properties and social values such as human interaction. Although a lot of good things have come from mass consumer products, many people believe it has had a harmful effect on our society. Maya Angelou was an American author, a poet, and a playwright.In 1978 she published the poem “Alone”, where the speaker embraces the problem she notices in her society. One can assume that Maya’s lyrical poem, expresses her own feelings regarding loneliness. Her poem highlights how wealth is not a cure for solidarity. In the poem Alone, Maya Angelou utilizes literary devices to emphasize the negative effects of a materialistic society and the importance of having the right amount of people in your life.