Maya emphasizes at the outset of her writing that emancipation will result from a change in the mindsets of both oppressors and oppressed. She claims that the right kinds of writings will help transform people’s perceptions of injustice. In writing, the author shares hope for combating bigotry.
Maya believes that persistence can allow victims of discriminatory circumstances to hang on in the expectation that conditions will improve. “You can trample on me,”… “But, like ashes, I will rise” (Angelou stanza 1). This quote shows that it makes no difference how terrible the case is. She reminds the audience of abuse of power in the military, government, police, and judiciary. However, she insists on the significance of hope in navigating through those adversities (Godfrey n.p.).
The writer believes that nothing will suppress the glory of resilient individuals because suffering is not ultimate. The writer was born at the time when civil movements firmly advocated for the rights of the minority (Krisna & Liliek n.p.). She witnessed things getting better as the oppressors changed their view of oppression and injustices against people of color.
She highlights the need to remain confident since not everyone will celebrate the freedom of the oppressed people. As much as a majority of Americans do not uphold racism, a few might be stuck with the discriminative outlook on people. The writer addresses that group using rhetoric questions that expresses pride in liberation. Primarily, the poet insists on the importance of victims to rise above their pain and not allow it to define them. The history of slavery should not make African-Americans live bitter and express their anger against whites that previously oppressed their forefathers. Maya believes that they should overcome the pain and live up to their potentials.
Angelou, Maya. And Still, I rise. Hachette UK, 2013.
Godfrey, Alice. “When I Think About Myself: Identity Building Processes in Maya Angelou’s Autobiographical Sequel.” the Self (2015): 29.
Krisna, Silvania, and Liliek Soelistyo. “BLACK POWER IN MAYA ANGELOU’S “STILL I RISE,”“PHENOMENAL WOMAN,” AND “WEEKEND GLORY.”” [email protected] ta Kita 1.1 (2013).