Figurative Language In America By Maya Angelou

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In the poem, “America” by Maya Angelou, she suggests that America is unethical. Through the use of figurative language Maya Angelou paints a picture of unjust actions by America. In the poem, Angelou mentions the “hungry” which refers to the people of America, and “her” refers to America itself. For instance, Angelou says “Her crops of abundance/The fruit and the grain/Have not fed the hungry/Nor eased the great pain.” (3,4) This shows that even though America has many resources specifically goods, there are still many people that are dying of hunger and have great agony as a result. To conclude, it is clear and perceptible that Maya Angelou knows much of America's’ truths and she wants us to know that even after all the plenty of nourishment

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