AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 5, Number 1. February 2021 Pp.177-186
Maya Angelou’s Battle with Alienation in I know Why the Caged Bird Sings
English Language Center
College of Science for Girls, Abha
Department of English, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
Correspondent Author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mohsin Hasan Khan
Department of English
Faculty of Arts, Greiger Campus. King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia
Received: 8/20/2020 Accepted: 1/17/2021 Published: 2/24/2021
The themes of the existential crisis have been central in taking up their work in different domains of human experience and exhibit the force of departure from the so-called standardized norms and values of a society. These themes have been taken up by many authors of African American origin. This paper attempts to represent and explain the theme of alienation through an in-depth analysis of Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The crisis of identity, gender, consciousness, and everything seemingly comes to question in the powerful narratives of these kinds of writings. One such African American author is Maya Angelou. She is one of those who take these themes with great force and tries to free herself from the shackles of the so-called canonized versions of human values and seeks to explore a world in which she recreates an establishment of her new perspectives and freedom of humanity. The paper concludes by showing the struggles for recognition and self-awareness and developing onto a stronger woman pushed by her feeling of alienation.
Keywords: Alienation, autobiography, freedom, self, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Cite as: Zaini, Q., & Khan, M. H. (2021). Maya Angelou’s Battle with Alienation in I know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies 5 (1) 177-186.
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