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Analysis Of `` Still I Rise, And Welty 's `` A Worn Path ``

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Literature offered an approach for African-Americans to demonstrate their humanity and an ability for creative invention and imaginary thought. Writing later developed into an instrument through which African-Americans could voice not only their rejection of institutionalized racism and slavery but also their desire for equality and freedom. African-American literature continues to be a method in countering the incompetence or misrepresentation of black people in history. Two prominent female writers during this era were Maya Angelou and Eudora Welty. Angelou was a civil rights activist and educator and expressed her emotions in her works. Her poem, “Still I Rise,” was written to describe her willingness to overcome oppression. Welty expressed black triumph through her character in her short story, “A Worn Path.” Although both works tells stories of racial and female empowerment, they express these ideas in distinctive methods. Angelou’s “Still I Rise” and Welty’s “A Worn Path” are both written during a time of racial and sexual oppression. Both authors were African-American females who grew up during extreme racial subjugation. Angelou speaks about overcoming oppression and prejudice in her poem, “Still I Rise”. She carries a confident tone, assuring that she will overcome her troubles, asserting, “Just like moons and like suns, / With the certainty of tides, / Just like hopes springing high, / Still, I’ll rise” (Angelou 10-13). In “A Worn Path,” the narrator, also an
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