Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou was a realism author. Realism is the idea of “a theory of writing in which the ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is.” (dictionary.com) Modern American Women Writers Joanne Braxton says: "Readers of her poetry appreciate its rhythm, lyric imagery, and realism." (http://www.uncp.edu) Maya Angelou also uses “brutal racism, sexual abuse, and poverty” (http://www.uncp.edu) to show that she falls under this manner of writing.

I think she contributed to the life experiences of many American blacks, women’s issues, sexual abuse, prostitution, domestic and child abuse, slavery, drug abuse, black pride, and a diversity of other topics. Some of her quotes include: “As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.” - Maya Angelou Also “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” -Maya Angelou. And “I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.” -Maya Angelou

Mark Twain was a very humorous but realism author. Realism is the idea of “a theory of writing in which the ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is.” (dictionary.com). Twain’s writing was included very realistic places and language. His writing is known manly for the realistic language and dialect. With such realism in his characters dialect, he falls under the category of realism.

I think his greatest contribution to literature would be the novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Some of his quotes...
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