Alice Walker and Maya Angelou

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There are many different types of genres in the world of literature; horror, romance, suspense, and the type that Alice Walker writes, through personal experiences. Walker describes herself as a "womanist", which means "a woman who loves other woman, appreciates and prefers woman culture and woman's strength.” Walker's thoughts and feelings show through in her writing of novels. Alice Walker expresses her feelings and the teaches morals that she has grown with in every novel she published. She writes about the black woman's struggle for sexual, political, and racial equality. In 1993, Bill Clinton decided to invite a poet to read at his first inauguration ceremony – for the first time since 1961. He chose Maya Angelou to write a poem celebrating the beginning of his first presidency. From the time she was born, Maya Angelou was exposed to racism, rape, sexism. She bore enough emotional stress in a time frame that most people don't experience in a lifetime. She forced herself to become stronger and produced writings, which in turn, helped others to become stronger. Maya Angelou is a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil rights activist, publisher, and director. She speaks throughout the United States and abroad and is the Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. Both The Color Purple and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings have main characters that represent its author. Alice Walker and Maya Angelou use the horrors of African American women life in the 1900s to express the struggles that the main characters had to go through in both novels. First, both African American protagonists have been raped and forced to live life brutally. Moreover, the theme that powerful women will “shine with greatness” are present in both books, and both women use literature and writing as a way to gain strength. These authors had a lasting influence in literature and in our world today.

Both African American protagonists have been raped and forced...
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