Project #1

Topics: Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas Pages: 3 (1243 words) Published: February 21, 2013
Project #1 Analysis of Literary Criticism
The work that I chose was an excerpt from Dr. Maya Angelou book, “Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now” and other works from the author Maya Angelou simply because in almost all of her works whether poems, books and etcetera, she writes the same way.. In her except she talks about being a young mother of a Kindergartener. She talks also of how she worked hard to make a living for her and her child by working two jobs. The talk of how she survived and her doing what she has to is called survival of the fittest, in nature and in culture only the strong survive. Also she talks of how she is comfortable with herself and the skin she is in. Much of her work is of special interest to women, expressing Maya Angelou’s views on subjects ranging from fashion and entertainment to sensuality and pregnancy, racism, and death. “Getups,” demonstrating not only Angelou’s love of richly colorful clothing but also a painful event from her years as a single mother of a small boy; and “Extending Boundaries,” recounting an embarrassing experience from Angelou’s early days as a writer in New York City. Angelou uses each incident to draw some point, though generally she offers her moral or advice with a light hand, often with humor, despite the seriousness of some of her subject matter. Her recurrent themes include self-knowledge and the necessity of honesty, prudence, and respect in the treatment of oneself and others. A compilation of brief scenes, thoughts and situations. The collection is rather wide ranging from history to social graces to autobiography. The past and the present collide as the stories are short and end quickly, the transitions are abrupt. Maya Angelou's tendency to characterize the world as degenerating. Passages like, "we have come to a place, a time, when virtue is no longer considered a virtue. The mention of virtue is ridiculed, and even the word itself has fallen out of favor," put me off. It belies a tendency...
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