Book Review “I know why the caged bird sings” by Angelou

The book “I know why the caged bird sings” characterizes the interestingly broad and intellect vision of Maya Angelou. In her works of dramatization and poetry, she portrays the blemishes and evils of humanity; both genders, either black or white with an unwavering and sometimes jolting openness. That realism is raised by an abnormally powerful urge to grasp the most noticeably bad demonstrations of the general population around her and discover a way for love and hope to make due regardless of everything. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a wonderfully composed and ruthlessly honest account of Angelou’s life from the time she arrived in Stamp, Arkansas, at three years of age to the time she gave birth to her lone child in San Francisco, at sixteen years of age. Angelou gives an unforgettable diary of growing up black in the period before she gave birth in a small southern town in Arkansas.

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Angelou distinctively depicts the regular insults hurled on to blacks in her residential community, regardless of whether by the various white ladies who abbreviated her name to Mary since her genuine name, Marguerite, was too long to pronounce, or by the pitiless white dental specialist who declined to treat her on the grounds that “his policy is he would preferably stick his arms in a dog’s mouth than a nigger’s”. She additionally confronted loathsomeness and fierceness on account of her people; she was assaulted by her mom’s beau when she was eight years of age and later saw her murder conducted by her uncles, a trauma that led her to refrain from communicating with them for quite a long time. However, she stresses the positive things she gained from the “rainbows” operating at a profit group of her childhood that helped her survive and keep her expectations alive: Momma, her grandmother, who run a general store and remained strong notwithstanding the battles of being a black woman in an isolated and supremacist southern town.

The caged bird sings of freedom and has the desire of being released out into the environment. Maya was considered an outcast due to her skin color and was treated like a peasant by the dominant whites. The book brings forth the themes of discrimination and alienation. The blacks at the time did not have access to the high-quality services that they so much desired but were instead left to feed off from the white’s leftovers. Maya also had to struggle with self-acceptance, as her parents sent her off after they ended their marriage. She and her brother were sent off to Stamp with tags on their wrists labeled “to whom it may concern.” The terrible thought of being unwanted by her parents had a lasting effect on her emotional personality. She would have to struggle not only to overcome the notion that her parents had disowned them but also to survive in a white community that has already developed a negative attitude towards the blacks.

The author has undeniably gone through numerous challenges but still writes of how she found strength amidst these trying times. Maya demonstrates the various themes in her book and gives the reader a critical look at her personal life, and how she finally came to the limelight due to her ability to express herself in writing.