• PERSPECTIVE OF RACISM IN MAYA ANGELOU’S NOVEL ‘I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS’


    Designation : Assistant Professor, English department DRBCCC Hindu college Pattabiram, Chennai


    Journal Name : Reserach maGma


    Publication Date : 11/10/2017




    Abstract :
    This paper deals with Angelou’s autobiography ‘I know why the caged bird sings’. In this piece, Angelou tries to focus on the ill-treatment against black women in a racially discriminated society. Though it is an autobiography the author tries to universalize the incidents which shows the reality of black people and their sufferings in the hands of whites. The whole book discusses the desire and sufferings of Maya to attain an identity in the discriminated world. The term ‘Racism’ is often used in a loose and unreflective way to describe the hostile or negative feelings of one ethnic group or ‘people’ toward another and the actions resulting from such attitudes. But sometimes the antipathy of one group towards another is expressed and acted upon with a single-mindedness and brutality that go far beyond the group-cantered prejudice and snobbery that seem to constitute an almost universal human failing. Maya Angelou is one of the renowned authors of African-American literature who has constructed her writing around racism and discrimination of black women in the society. Though the world has developed in many areas still it is lacking in the areas of racism and independence of an individual in the society.


    Keywords :
    Racism, Gender discrimination, Identity, Individuality


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