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Article Published In Vol.2 (March-April-2014)

Ego Resistance, Oppression and Resilience of Self Esteem in “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” By Maya Angelou

Pages : 373-376

Author : Dr. Usha Jain and Nobert Solomon

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Black woman in America experiences threefold strong-arming of race, sex and class. In the United States the combat for equality, mainly in the southern states, has been long and difficult, from the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s to the political deliberations still going on today. This Research will try to uplift the curtain on those harsh realities and will make readers as well as society familiar with the impulsive issues like racism, Prejudices with in society, colonial history and condition of Blacks in White Society. A thorough study on the authors work will present a realistic account of the socio-economic and cultural condition of the past, making the current generation acclimatize with the life and the times of the earlier generation and its influence on the contemporary life and to develop a sense of respect for the Women in their respective arenas and treat them with equality. The current research paper voices the struggled repression from a racialist and Chauvinist society; as how a black women attempted to create not only racial equality but also gender equality through her undaunted audacity and forbearance. The study focuses on Angelou’s phenomena of resistance in the background of post colonialism through exploring the current means by which people formulate their racial identity. Her Work is a vocalization of the struggle for national, racial, and Self-identity; she addresses the irreconcilable difference between black and white community, feminism and masculinity, inferiority and superiority complex in the governing male dominated society. The odyssey of feminine experiences throughout the novel enables the researcher to discover the experiences of resistance and courage in the face of adversity ;Failure is inescapable but it is quite necessary to boost one -self again and one should always be willing “To Strike, to seek to find but not to Yield.”

Keywords: Resilience, Forbearance, Ego resistance and Chauvinist etc.




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