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  • 作者:致远教育
  • 导读:本文是一篇BookReport代写范文范例,主要讨论了《我知道笼中鸟为何歌唱》这本书的语言的深度与情感。《我知道笼中鸟为何歌唱》是美国著名黑人女作家玛雅·安吉罗的第一部自传作品。该作品再现了作者童年和少女时代的坎坷与不幸,是一曲在绝境中奋起抗争的歌。


本文是一篇Book Report代写范文范例,主要讨论了《我知道笼中鸟为何歌唱》这本书的语言的深度与情感。《我知道笼中鸟为何歌唱》是美国著名黑人女作家玛雅·安吉罗的第一部自传作品。该作品再现了作者童年和少女时代的坎坷与不幸,是一曲在绝境中奋起抗争的歌。


I know Why the Caged Birds Sings:Depth and Emotion Through Words

In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (New York: Bantam Books, 1971), Maya Angelou tells the story of her earliest years.  Angelou, a dancer, poet, and television producer as well as writer, has continued her life story in three more volumes of autobiography. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the start of Maya Angelou’s story; in this book, she writes with extraordinary clarity about the pains and joys of being black in America. (introductory paragraph)


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings covers Maya Angelou’s life from age three to age sixteen. When the book opens, she is a gawky little girl in a white woman’s cut-down lavender silk dress.  She has forgotten the poem  she had memorized for the Easter service, and all she can do is rush out of the church.  At this point, Angelou is living in Stamps, Arkansas, with her grandmother and uncle. The town is rigidly segregated: “People in Stamps used to say that the whites in our town were so prejudiced that a Negro couldn’t buy vanilla ice cream”  (40).  Yet Angelou has some good things in her life: her adored older brother Bailey, her success in school, and her pride in her grandmother’s quiet strength and importance in the black community.  There is a laughter, too, as when a preacher is interrupted in mid-sermon by an overly enthusiastic woman shouting, “Preach it, I say preach it!”  The woman, in a frenzied rush of excitement, hits the preacher with her purse; his false teeth fly out of his mouth and land at Angelou’s fee.  Shortly after this incident, Angelou and her brother are taken by her father to live in California with their mother.  Here, at age eight, she is raped by  her mother’s boyfriend, who is mysteriously murdered after receiving only a suspended sentence for his crime.  She returns, silent and withdrawn, to Stamps,where the gloom is broken when one of her mother’s friends introduces her to the magic of great book.  Later, at age thirteen, Angelou returns to California.  She learns how to dance.  She runs away after a violent family fight and lives for a month in a junkyard.  She becomes the first black female to get a job on the San Francisco streetcars.  She graduates from high school eight months pregnant.  And she survives.  (Part 1: Summary)


Maya Angelou’s writing style is impressive and vivid. (Topic Sentence)  For example, she describes the lazy dullness of her life in Stamps: “Weekdays revolved in a sameness wheel.  They turned into themselves so steadily and inevitably that each seemed to be the original of yesterday’s rough draft”(93).  She also knows how to bring a scene to life, as when she describes her eighth-grade graduation.  For months, she has been looking forward to this event.  Knowing she will be honored for her academic successes.  She is even happy with her appearance: her hair has become pretty, and her yellow dress is a miracle of hand-sewing.  But the ceremony is spoiled when the speaker—a white man—implies that the only success available to blacks is in athletics.  Angelou remembers: “The man’s dead words fell like bricks around the auditorium and too many settled in my belly…. The proud graduating class of 1940 had dropped their heads”(152).  Later, Angelou uses a crystal-clear image to describe her father’s mistress sewing: “She worked the thread through the flowered cloth as if she were sewing the torn ends of her life together”(208).  With such vivid details and figures of speech, Maya Angelou re-creates her life for her readers. (Part 2: Reaction. First Reaction Paragraph)

The strong images of the injustices suffered by blacks two generations age are well done and incredibly powerful.   (Topic Sentence) The description of seven-year-old Maya—when some “powhitetrash” girls torment her dignified grandmother, calling her Annie” and mimicking her mannerisms—is emotional and raw.  In another incident, Mrs. Cullinan, Angelou’s white employer, decides that  Marguerite (Angelou’s given name) is too difficult to pronounce and so renames her Mary.  This loss of her name—a “hellish horror”(91)—is another humiliation suffered at white hands, and Angelou leaves Mrs. Cullinan’s employ soon afterward.  Later, Angelou encounters overt discrimination when a white dentist tells her grandmother, “Annie, my policy is I’d rather stick my hand in a dog’s mouth than in a nigger’s”(160)—and only slightly less obvious prejudice when the streetcar company refuses to accept her application for a conductor’s job.   Over and over again, Angelou is the victim of a white society. (Second Reaction Paragraph)

Although these injustices are disheartening, Angelou’s triumphs are inspiring.  (Topic Sentence) Angelou is thrilled when she hears the radio broadcast of Joe Louis’s victory over Primo Carnera: “A Black boy.  Some Black mother’s son.  He was the strongest man in the world”(114).  She weeps with pride when the class valedictorian leads her and her fellow eighth-graders in singing  the Negro National Anthem.  And there are personal victories, too.  One of these comes after her father has gotten drunk in a small Mexican town.  Though she has never driven before, she manages to get her father into the car and drives fifty miles through the night as he lies intoxicated in the backseat.  Finally, she rejoices in the birth of her son: “he was beautiful and mine.  Totally mine.  No one had bought him for me”(245).  Angelou show, through these examples that she is proud of her race—and of herself.  (Third Reaction Paragraph)

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a remarkable book.  Angelou could have been just another casualty of race prejudice.  Yet by using her intelligence, sensitivity, and determination, she  succeeds in spite of the odds against her.  And by writing with such power, she lets the readers share her defeats and joys.  She also teaches a vital lesson: With strength and persistence, all people can escape their cages—and sing their songs.(Concluding Paragraph)