Her father finds her and drives her away to a friend who is a nurse. Maya has two very bad cavities, from eating too many sweets. . This may be one of the loneliest periods in Angelou's life, but in some ways, it made her stronger and more able to survive in the white's world, even though it was a terrible ordeal. At this point, the caged bird is so despondent in his life of captivity that his screams are like that of someone having a nightmare.
The singing part can be reflected as to how those who have felt this restriction resorted to other means to feel freedom such as the author herself. Despite the freedom that the Black Americans seemed to have in those times, there was still restrictions on opportunities that are open to them. And Maya is no different. It struggles so much that it begins to bleed and needs to stop, but once its wounds are healed, it tries again. Discrimination and Racism made up her cage, and although she sang, she felt her voice was not heard in the wide world, but only by those nearest her cage.
The freedom that the bird in the first stanza experienced is the opposite of the longing and despair that the bird in the second stanza feels. Louis was a foreign country. He yells at her and storms out. It alludes to the fact that, how the colored races are treated in comparison to the whites. She spends one summer with her father, Big Bailey, in Los Angeles and has to put up with his cruel indifference and his hostile girlfriend, Dolores.
This sentence is ironic as the caged bird is the one singing not the free bird as we expect. When Maya Angelou was growing up, African-Americans didn't have nearly as much privileges as they do now. A clearly not-so-happy bird is throwing itself against the bars of its cage. Maya learns to like Daddy Clidell, her mother's new husband; Daddy Clidell introduces her to colorful characters in the neighborhood, who tell her that blacks can win out over whites, which makes her feel gratified. Freeman, who molests and rapes her. Stanza two repeat A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wing in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing The caged bird sings with a fearfull trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn and he names the sky his own But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. They are criminals really, but in a society in which black people are always held back, this seems like a just revenge to Maya and many others.
There was a major shift in mood because in stanza one it was more happiness and care free while in stanza two it was more loneliness and sadness. Maya begins to form her first friendship, with a girl in her class named Louise. This stanza describes how a bird can fly freely in the sky and the wind does nothing but support its flight. Another device Maya Angelou uses to emphasize the beauty of freedom is by repetition. Maya Angelou felt strongly about oppression because she grew up surrounded by it her entire life. His voice can be heard from distant places, on hills where it inspires others to dream of freedom.
It clearly opens the feelings of the author regarding the unfair treatment of Black Americans during her time. Cullinan finally calls her by her real name. Lincoln; Maya describes a fantasy scene, in which Momma gets revenge against Dr. For a recovery close to a complete recovery, the child should obtain this support mostly from their family. Maya Angelou can be regarded as the caged bird in the poem. During an era of white supremacy, the lives of African-American's were characterized by discrimination and limited opportunities. The breeze and fat worms in the poem represent hope and opportunity.
The novel The Color Purple by Alice Walker entails letters written to God from Celie of her life and struggles from a little below the age of 14 into adulthood. Sometimes they are manageable and others times they seem unbearable. What keeps her from freedom? The greatest shift would be from the 3rd to the 4th stanza. Then, she and Bailey are sent back to Stamps, perhaps because of Maya's muteness. The importance of education and knowledge is at the root of Angelou's flight from the South, and she realizes it.
She feels that her cries are heard, but only as a soft background noise. One Easter Sunday, Maya is unable to finish reciting a poem in church, and self-consciously feeling ridiculed and a failure, Maya races from the church crying, laughing, and wetting herself. When he leaves, he takes Maya and Bailey with him, which makes them feel wanted again. Also, the poem would not flow right. Then, Bailey meets , a girl 4 years older than him he is 11, she is 15. White supremacy, expressed in Jim Crow laws, made Black people second-class citizens with a limited amount of opportunities.