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Ch 2: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Literary Analysis

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This mobile-friendly literature chapter helps you analyze the literary elements of the book ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.'' Work through the chapter at your own pace to improve your understanding of the book for exams, essays, class assignments and homework.

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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
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  • Complete your review with the I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Literary Analysis chapter exam.

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This chapter summarizes the literary elements from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Analysis of the book's themes and writing style
  • Conflict from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The book's tone and mood
  • Examples of displacement, racism and segregation from the book
  • The topic of race and identity in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The book's commentary on appearance and beauty

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Literary Analysis
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Writing Style

1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Writing Style

Maya Angelou's writing style is memorable for the way it brings her unique voice to life. In this lesson, we'll explore aspects of her writing style in her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Themes

2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Analysis & Themes

'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' is an autobiographical story of Maya Angelou's life. Facing racism, molestation, and teenage pregnancy, Maya learns to love herself and find her place in the world. In this lesson, we will look at some of the major themes from this story.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Tone & Mood

3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: Tone & Mood

'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' by Maya Angelou is a famous piece of African-American literature which explores the feelings of oppression and suffering felt by people who identify with that culture. Learn how Maya Angelou used the literary devices of tone and mood to show readers how feelings of loneliness and bigotry feel up close.

Race & Identity in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

4. Race & Identity in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

After Maya is sent away from her parents at a very young age, she spends her childhood searching for her identity. In this lesson, we will examine the themes of race and identity from Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Beauty & Appearance in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

5. Beauty & Appearance in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

As Maya Angelou grew up, she admired beautiful people all around her, but never felt that she was attractive. In this lesson, we will discuss the theme of beauty and appearances in Maya Angelou's autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.''

Racism & Segregation in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

6. Racism & Segregation in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou was a poor, black girl in the South before the Civil Rights Movement. In this lesson, we will examine examples of racism and segregation from her autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings''

Displacement in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

7. Displacement in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou's book 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' is full of examples of the displacement she experienced from childhood through her teenage years. In this lesson, we'll look more closely at a few instances.

Conflict in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

8. Conflict in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou faces both internal and external conflicts, including racism and abuse, during her childhood. In this lesson, we will examine the conflict from the autobiography ''I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.''

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