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Transcript of Topic 2
Night and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings are classified as memoirs and autobiographies
memoirs are stories that tell about certain events in a persons life, such as a life changing expierience or a group of exciting events
uses the first person "I"
event has a special meaning to the author
Night is more of a memoir Autobiographies autobiographies are the story of the authors life instead of just one or a few events
also uses the first person "I"
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is more of an autobiography
Elie Wiesel Elie was born on September 30, 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania
he was very focused on his Jewish faith growing up until he was sent to the concentration camps along with his family
he was in camps like Auschwitz, Buna, Buchenwald, and Gleiwitz
IKWTCBS is set in the U.S. in the cities of:
Night was set in Poland, where Elie lived,
and then in all the concentration camps that
Elie was sent to.
Gleiwitz Maya Angelou Bibliography www.eliewieselfoundation.org/eliewiesel.aspx
Night by Elie Wiesel
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou she was born April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri
she was raised in both St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas
In Stamps, she witnessed harsh racial predudice, but, she also absorbed her faith, Black culture and beliefs
his two older sisters, his mom, and his dad were killed in the camps but him and his younger sisters survived
after he was liberated he vowed silence, but then eventually he devoted his life to holocaust awareness Continued.. Continued.. Maya dropped out of school at 14 to become the first woman cable-car conductor
later she finished high school and gave birth to her son, Guy
over the years she had developed a love for the arts and that is what she pursued Adversity Maya and Elie faced much adversity in their lifetime. Maya was raped at the age of only 9 years old. Not only was she raped but she was let down because there was a trust level there that was broken into pieces. Continued.. Elie Wiesel had his fair share of hard times also. He was stripped from his home and moved into a ghetto. From there he was seperated from his family, except his father, and moved from one concentration camp to another. He watched his father die but was so emotionally raw that he couldn't find the tears to cry for him. Following Successes Both of these authors pushed through their advesity and became successful later on in life. Maya Angelou became a world renouned poet and also, obviously, wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This book has been on famous persons list to read, such as, Oprah Winfrey. Continued.. Elie Wiesel also shared in his success. After the war was over and he was liberated Elie didnt really know what to do with his life. But, eventually he dedicated himself to making the world aware of what happened during the Holocaust. He won awards such as the Nobel Peace Prize, but also found the time to write his book, Night. What these books taught me.. I think it is important that we not only read literature, but also read some thing that may be a little off of the normal criteria. Books like these teach us valuable lessons such as, perserverance or gratitude. They also make us aware of some of the not so pretty things that enevitable in our world.