academia, Literary Commentary, writing

writing || Parenting is like a Fencing Match: Scene Analysis in “I Know why the Caged Bird Sings”

The ultimate coming-of-age story that doesn’t shy away from even the more difficult topics, Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is immensely honest and vulnerable. Her experience being sent from mother and father to grandmother several times throughout her life is a situation not all readers can identify with. However, the truths she shares about family, love and self-identity through these experiences are universal. By chapter 33, both Maya and her brother Bailey have become adolescents, and their trials and tribulations are representative of those which many other adolescents face. In fact, Maya’s account of Bailey’s fight with their Mother illustrates several truths all readers can relate to when it comes to conflict between a parent and child. In particular, her use of descriptive language characteristic of a fencing match provides a lens through which to understand her mother’s and brother’s conflict, and thus the plight of our own youthful turbulent relationships with our parents.

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organization, printables

organization || Binder Index Printable: Study Better & Organize Old Course Material

Staying organized isn't only FUN, but it PAYS OFF, too! I've always thought it more important to study SMART, not just HARD, and one of the ways I make sure I can do that is by staying organized in all of my courses. I use my Bullet Journal to track tasks. For my notes, I keep coming back to either: Cornell system of handwritten notes Typed, concise summary notes that I print and highlight (Speaking of which: I'm looking forward to sharing with you how I take both of these kinds of notes! It's a big post though, so bear with me as I try to find the time for it.) As for the notes and all the course material itself, I've got a simple method to keep everything organized in their binders!