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SOAPSTone - "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"

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Alex Padayatil

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of SOAPSTone - "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"

"I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings"

- The speaker in "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings' is
Maya Angelou, an African American who lived in Stamps,
Arkansas and San Francisco. She recalls events from her
childhood and early teenage life.

- Angelou bring a very innocent and very real perspective to
the life of young African American women during the '30s
and '40s.
- The purpose of "I Know Why The Caged
Bird Sings" for Maya Angelou is to recall
her life and to explore the incidences of her childhood,
and how they affect her today (I.E. When Mr.Freeman
raped Angelou)

- Another purpose is to examine the examples
of discrimination and racism Angelou faced,
being a an African American woman.
- Written in the late 1960's, segregation has ended in the United States. Angelou offers her childhood
as an example of how life as a young African American during a time where people were segregated based on race.

- Also serves as a memoir of her childhood, and the struggles that went along with it.
- The audience is those people who want to look back at the time of segregation and its affects on society.

- Another possible audience are children and teenagers, as the entire book was written from a child-like perspective and includes memories from Angelou's childhood.
- The subject of "I Know Why The Caged
Bird Sings" include examples and experiences
of Angelou's life as an African American.

- She gives very vivid and keen details from
various memories of her childhood and
teenage life.

- This examples include: Rape, Racism,
Discrimination, Growing up, Adult Influences,
Sexuality, Parenting etc.

- Angelou's tone in her book
can be viewed as nostalgic and
personal, as she is retelling events
from her life.

- Can also be viewed as funny,
thought provoking, and vivid.
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