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With the poem, Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou, she describes the basic feelings and descriptions of a person that does not need loathing or people to try and lift her up. She shows us that she and all those oppressed in general are strong.

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14/2/2003 Still I Rise Maya Angelou M.R. Hargreaves With the poem, Still I Rise, by Maya Angelou, she describes the basic feelings and descriptions of a person that does not need loathing or people to try and lift her up. She shows us that she and all those oppressed in general are strong. We are shown some of the thoughts and feelings people have displayed against her, but the reality is she won't let them get her down. Her moral opulence allows her to rise above where her ancestors fell to slavery, carrying herself as a strong woman. Her ancestors' dream was to have a life in society without fear of what might happen (to them). The author is portrayed as this dream - this gift - her ancestors imagined. Still I Rise is a sublime, straightforward poem that acknowledges that we need not depend upon anyone else's opinion but our own. Maya expresses not only her good qualities, but also her unfavourable ones, yet even these are turned into positive ideas. This poem can only be read by us now because she has confidence in herself, her writing, and can express it so freely. I believe this poem can be interpreted as a call to assertiveness and pride for coloured people. It is an outcry to the humiliation, prejudice, and constant drubbing this group was subjected to. ...read more.


body of the butterfly into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If we were allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We could never fly! No Struggle, No Progress is edification upon this philosophy. A struggle can be a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual process. As humans, we appreciate more what we have to 'fight' for and take for granted what is 'given' to us. Through this poem, we learn appreciation through working progress and struggle. No person is born knowing how to walk, for if we did it would be power without concession - contradictory to what was expressed in No Struggle, No Progress. Omnipresent are struggles in life. Through struggle we become stronger; sacrifices made are concessions demanded for liberty. This verse teaches us to fight for what we want - especially in this poem, freedom. Oppression can only be overcome by sacrifice, suffering, labour, and blood. Do injustice and tyranny, call for our lives? Can one endure a life of suffering? In death, are our struggles over? Douglass both explicitly and implicitly asks these questions. Frederick Douglass focuses primarily on struggles for liberty, yet this approach can be applied to any aspect of life. ...read more.


The overall aura of all the signs projects a racist of hatred and heartless sensibilities. SoR is not an impartial piece of literature. Kapur provides us with the views of a person afflicted by subtle racism. Consequently, we see the views of the victim and not the racist expressed. This position is espoused by the majority of the world, and so is readily accepted. (That might be an interesting concept for a book, though - Hatred of the Bigot.) This partiality does not impair his writing, however. On the contrary, the lifetime reality Kapur was familiar with (covert racism) supports his subjective reasoning. The description (or rather, oblique explanation) of a racist was also emphasized in SoR - a racist is a racist regardless of 'religion, intelligence, cultural level, social status, benevolence towards members of their own race or social motivation.' The stereotype of a racist is abolished. Kapur argues that racists come from all races and all backgrounds; the fundamental trait all racists carry is HATRED. Hatred is the underlying factor that is apparent with racial prejudice. SoR affords the reader with a brief writing, abundant with the veracity of today's racism. What racism means today, the essential signs of racism, and the fact that anybody can be a racist despite most people's stereotypical ideas, are topics covered in SoR. Rajiv Kapur carries his message in a very concise manner, not dawdling upon one matter but providing a reasonable introduction to the world of subtle racism. - Hargreaves ...read more.

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