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Compare and contrast 'life doesn't frighten' me by Maya Angelou and 'still I rise' by Maya Angelo

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This essay will compare and contrast 'life doesn't frighten' me by Maya Angelou and 'still I rise' by Maya Angelo the theme of fear and pride will be explored in this essay. The theme of fear and pride is discussed in this essay because in one of the poems she is scared of little things that scare and they is nothing to be scared of like the dark, but in the other poem pride is the theme because she is proud of her color. One of the main similarities between the texts is that the poems both use repetition. This is displayed in 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' because she says "Not at all, not at all, life doesn't frighten me at all" The quotation proves that this is like a chant. She is reassuring herself that she is not scared however, the repetition ironically emphasizes that she is actually scared. Similarly 'still I rise' also uses repetition because she says "I rise, I rise, I rise" The evidence above demonstrates that unlike ...read more.

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This is shown in 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' because she says that anything that would usually scares people normally dosen't scare her "panthers in the park, all alone in the dark, no, they don't frighten me at all" the quotation above proves that she is not scared of things that normal people would be scared of, she also reslises that reality is more scary than fiction. Similarly in 'still I rise' she is saying that no matter what happens she will rise nothing can stop her from being like normal people. "You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still like air Ill rise". The evidence above demonstrates that you can put her down as much as she wants but she we still rise, she is also using personification. However another significant difference between the two poems is that although they are both using courage's speech one is reassuring herself self telling her that's she is ok but the other poem is telling her that she has overcome her fears. ...read more.

Conclusion

Similarly in still I rise the last verse is also drumming it in to her head that no matter what happens she will rise "I rise, I rise, I rise" However another significant difference between both texts are talking about different types of fear this is shown in 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' because it is about childhood fear, imagery fear. "Mean old mother goose, lions on the loose......dragons breathing flame" the quotation above shows that she is scared of all the things children are scared of. Conversely in still I rise it is bout discrimination "you may write me down in history with your twisted lies" the quotation above shows a negative vision on black people in the history. In conclusion of the theme of pride and fear is displayed because in one poem she is growing up through the fear of being bullied and picked on but in the other she is proud of being black and she is stronger. By Aron Heaton ...read more.

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