Analysis Of ' Still I Rise ' By Maya Angelou

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My Black is Brave, My Black is Strong Strength. Strength can be seen in the readings that we have encountered this semester. Blacks have been through a lot ever since coming to this country called “America.” From being beaten, oppressed, and even worst, killed. Whites have always felt that Blacks had to be controlled because they were “property” but obtaining the obedience from Blacks was not a simple task. So in order to get the control of the people in the Black community, Whites thought that fear was the only way. Fear was something that could be put into a race so that they could be controlled by another. And with this fear a community could be controlled but Whites never through about the strength and braveness that was instilled inside of the Black culture. We can see this strength in the poems that we have discussed in class starting with Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.” Angelou starts off her poem stating, “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt but still, like dust, I’ll rise.(Lines 1-4)” From these lines, Angelou speaks on the strength that African-American have each day. Blacks have been seen in history as an abomination, and their names have been dragged through the mud just because of their skin color. But Angelou tells people that none of this will matter because in the end, Blacks will get back up again. Angelou even speaks of the fear that Whites try to put in the hearts of Blacks with the Lines 35-36
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