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Title of Paper : The Cages Of Maya Angelou
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The Cages Of Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou wrote an amazing and entertaining autobiography titled I Know Why The Caged
Bird Sings, about her hard life growing up as a black girl from the South. Among the hardships are things
known as "cages" as stated as a metaphor from Paul Dunbarís poem "Sympathy." "Cages" are things that
keep people from succeeding in life and being everything they want to be. Some of Maya Angelouís cages
include being black in the 1940ís and her overbearing grandmother. For me a my major "cage" is my
young age, this causes problems with adults.
A major "cage" from Maya Angelouís youth was that she was black in a prejudice southern town.
Maya has recounted in her book the times when she was discriminated against. When she was working for
a white woman named Mrs. Viola Cullinan, Mrs. Cullinan started calling her Mary, "Thatís [Margaret] too
long. Sheís Mary from now on."(pp.91) One of the most important aspects of a person is their name. It is
a great insult for someone to change your name, without your consent, just because someone wanted too. If
Maya was white Mrs. Cullinan would not have changed her name and she did it only because of her racist
friends and attitudes. Even some of the white adults who supposedly supported her had hidden their racist
messages in seemingly nice speeches. Maya conveys the words of Mr. Edward Donleavy, one of the
people in the...