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What Is The Meaning Of " I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou?

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"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" talks about the racism and segregation between white people and the colored people, and more specifically the relationship between the free white man and the black slave. In the first stanza, Angelou uses words like "leaps" and "floats," to show that the white man could do practically whatever he pleased. While describing the caged bird, however, she placed the word "but" at the beginning which automatically gives you a negative feeling. Also, the caged bird "stalks" and "his wings are clipped and his feet are tied." It shows that he is trapped, which is also shown when it says "his bars of rage" He's definately not happy or free. Then she says that he sings, which doesn't really go with the rest because you usually sing when you're happy, but it says he sings "with a fearful trill" "the caged bird sings of freedom" he isn't singing because he's happy, but he sings as a call out to freedom.
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If you've read the book, you'll remember when the white girls came to the store to stir up trouble Moma started singing,  She sang because she knew they were trouble, she never stopped singing.  It was how she made it through the moment without saying anything that she would regret later.  She also made Sister hide because that was her weakness and if they had said anything to her, she might not be able to contain herself.

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About a bird that is trapped and can't do anything for himself. A bird that is calling out for help but nobody hears him. When he sangs out.

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