Themes in Caged Bird-Maya Angelou
Thesis statement: This text highlights the main themes that are depicted in Caged Bird by Maya Angelou, including oppression, freedom, and resilience.
Main point 1: Oppression
The caged bird is frustrated with the situation but cannot see through the bars of rage
The oppressive circumstances limit the bird’s ability to take flights
While the bird is not free to fly, its soul points to the freedom that it years for.
Main point 2: Freedom
the free bird’s unlimited access to the sky, sun, and wind
The caged bird laments because of the confinement, and it is clear that he longs to be set free
Angelou juxtaposes the perspectives of the two birds to show that the caged bird appreciates the true value of freedom while the free bird feel entitled to its freedom
Main point 3: Resilience
The speaker describes the song of freedom sang by the caged animal as a paradox
The speaker realizes the song being snag by the bird is a freedom song in a different form.
Angelou lays emphasis on the beauty of the resilience displayed by the caged bird despite the confinement
In closing, the dominant themes exhibited in Maya Angelou’s Caged Bird include resilience, freedom, and oppression.