Role Model

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In Sister Flowers, Maya Angelou focuses on a role model or mentor who guides her and supports her efforts at realizing her own potential. Marguerite was raped at a young age and closed herself off to the rest of the world. However, Sister Flowers pulls her out of her self-isolation. Angelou mentions that Sister Flowers is one of the few gentlewomen she has ever known and that Sister Flowers makes her proud of being a Negro. Some of the rhetorical strategies that she uses are pathos, anaphora, and imagery to express her feelings and to give the reader a better understanding.

Marguerite says, “Then I met or rather got to know, he lady who threw me my first life line.” (Angelou, 96). This would be an example of pathos, by that she’s letting the reader know her feelings towards Sister Flowers. Through Mrs. Flowers mentoring and role modeling, she gets the respect of Angelou by showing her the positive and beautiful world of literature. Angelou learns that it is a world that she can enter and embrace. Mrs. Flowers helps Angelou on her path of development to becoming a wise and compassionate young woman. Sister Flowers made a huge impact on Angelou.

Mrs. Flowers says to Marguerite, “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning.” (Angelou, 98). Sometimes when reading a book it might not be significant, setting a tone to the words can make it significant. Literature is a different way of looking at the world; it influences part of the world. The world can be interpreted in many different ways, depending on the perspective the same goes for literature. The difference is that in literature a meaning is giving to words by setting a tone. Angelou uses anaphora to make her point. She says, “Is,” Momma? “Is,” Oh please, not “is,” Momma. (Angelou, 97). Repeating “is” to let the reader know how annoyed she feels.

Marguerite says, “I was liked, and what a difference it made. I was respected not...
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