Review Of ' I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings '

1553 Words Oct 27th, 2015 7 Pages
Dylan Liang
October 27 2015
Marguerite’s Fight Against Adversity As the late great William Arthur Ward would state “Adversity causes some men to break, others to break records” (Ward). Throughout the novel “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by: Maya Angelou, she illustrates Marguerite combating society from a disadvantaged position. Set in the United States during the time of racism and segregation towards the black community, the novel displays the contrast in Maya’s upbringing in Stamps, St. Louis to San Francisco and her constantly changing development and maturity in herself through her effectiveness to conquer difficult situations. Maya Angelou uses symbolism in the form of the caged bird to represent her position in these difficult situations, such as dealing with racism/segregation, the influence of her family, and also facing her sexuality during her childhood. Facing adversity, Marguerite’s fight against society, illustrates Angelou’s theme that when faced with adversity in life, the ability and effectiveness to deal with these problems matures one’s character.
Firstly, in Stamps, Arkansas, a predominantly black community, young Marguerite Johnson is unknowingly faced with racism and segregation. Through rage against the prejudice of the black community, a young Marguerite experiences this at such a high moment in church. Regardless of her innocence at that age, she had already experienced racism and segregation. “If growing up is painful…

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