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How do Maya Angelou and Charlotte Bronte represent childhood in the novel, and to what extent had this been influenced by the social, cultural and historical events of the time?

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How do Maya Angelou and Charlotte Bronte represent childhood in the novel, and to what extent had this been influenced by the social, cultural and historical events of the time? Maya Angelou was writing at a time when blacks had no equal rights. The Wall Street disasters were there was a lot of poverty, and the civil rights were going on were the blacks fought for what was right. Maya Angelou grew up with her grandmother because her parents spilt up and had a divorce. Her grandmother taken Maya and her brother Bailey from when they were little because she did not want them to be involved with the arguing. ...read more.

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In the story Maya represents the caged bird and the bird singing is her speaking of her tough childhood. In the story Maya talks about her childhood up until the birth of her son. Maya did not speak of her traumatic events for 5 years. In 1940 Maya moved to San Francisco with her mother, whilst she was attending high school. Whilst at high school she fell pregnant and had a baby boy in 1945. In I know why the caged bird sings Maya says about how hard it is to be black in these times. In Maya's stories she used simple language such as 'big' 'bad' this makes it a little easier to understand what state of mind she was in and her age. ...read more.

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She gives out this idea or else she wouldn't need a good luck charm. Maya starts to let out that she is not scared of normal little girl's things like spiders and insects but she is more scared of other things like being alone. Maya also starts to use much more realistic ideas towards the end such as 'tough guys fighting all alone at night'. This is real life incidents what occurs in many people's lives. Charlotte Bronte wrote Jane Eyre in 1855. The story is about Charlotte's sister in Victorian times. In the Victorian times children had to obey their elders or else they would be punished. Also women had no equal rights towards men and were seen as the inferior race and not treated properly. ...read more.

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