Overcoming Adversity In Maya Angelou's Still I Rise

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In Still I Rise we see self-belief and overcoming adversity when Maya Angelou writes this poem because when Maya Angelou was writing this, she was trying to make it sound like she was talking to the white Americans that she had to face when she was growing, and putting her down. This poem could have been written because Maya Angelou wanted to make a poem to taunt to make her sound much more better than the white Americans that were against the black Africans when she was growing up. The adversity that Maya Angelou is facing in Still I Rise, is the people that she is writing to which was the white Americans. They were mostly the only people that were trying to put her down and trying to give her a negative environment to grow up in. The self-belief …show more content…

Because she has confidence and self belief in herself that she knows that she is better than all the haters and she will defeat all the negative things that goes her way and come out as a stronger person. I can compare this poem to I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings because both of the those poems both have the same idea and that's self belief and overcoming adversity. You can see the same idea in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings where the bird is stuck in the caged with nothing to do and know where to go and no one to help him, but still has hope and self belief that it can break out of the caged and fly free with all the other birds. And in Still I Rise Maya Angelou is talking to the haters and all the negative people that have ever put her down and she is telling them no matter what people do to her she will overcome the adversity come out a better person because she has strong confidence in herself and knows if she puts her mind to it she can do anything and overcome it. This is how Maya Angelou shows self belief and overcoming adversity in both of these

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