Considering how openI Know Why the Caged Bird Singsis about violence, racism, and sexual assault, what do you make of this comment?

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In her interview with Carol Neubaurer, Angelou says that there are some incidents in her life that she cannot narrate because she would become “too melodramatic” (288).  Considering how open I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is about violence, racism, and sexual assault, what do you make of this comment?  How do you think Angelou dealt with the desire to be truthful versus a desire to not be melodramatic?  Why do you think she was concerned with not appearing melodramatic?  Do you think this has anything to do with the issues of power that Heilbrun discusses, particularly the way in which women are accused of stridency when expressing strong emotions?

 

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