A literary analysis of the poem doorknobs by langston hughes

Lupton believes that this central experience is relocated "to some luminous place in a volume yet to be". The loneliness that ensues for her is "a loneliness that becomes, at times, suicidal and contributes to her unanchored self". According to McPherson, African Americans were promised a new racial order that did not materialize.

The children need to know you can stumble and fumble and fall, see where you are and get up, forgive yourself, and go on about the business of living your life".

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" King James version. She finally realizes that he had been taking advantage of her, but is able to trace Big Mary and Clyde to Bakersfield, Californiaand has an emotional reunion with her son.

Just walk into my life, see me and fall everlastingly in love Like Caged Bird, Gather Together consists of a series of interrelated episodes, [43] and both books also start with a poetic preface. Glazier, a professor at George Washington Universityhas used Caged Bird and Gather Together to train teachers how to discuss race in their classrooms.

Rita, when she is insulted by white clerk during a visit to Stamps, reacts with defiance, but when Momma hears about the confrontation, she slaps Rita and sends her back to California.

She tries to elicit help from Tolbrook, who puts her in her place when she finds him at his home and requests that he help her find her son.

Another event of note described in the book was, in spite of "the strangest audition", [13] her short stint dancing and studying dance with her partner, R. She writes, "In the plowed farmyard near Bakersfield, I began to understand that uniqueness of the person.

Like writers such as Claude McKayLangston Hughesand James BaldwinAngelou did not earn a college degree and depended upon the "direct instruction of African American cultural forms". Back with her mother in San Francisco, Rita attempts to enlist in the Army, only to be rejected during the height of the Red Scare because she had attended the California Labor School as a young teenager.

He was three and I was nineteen, and never again would I think of him as a beautiful appendage of myself". Author Hilton Als states that Angelou "replaces the language of social history with the language of therapy". Glazier found that although critics have focused on where Angelou fits within the genre of African American autobiography and on her literary techniquesreaders react to her storytelling with "surprise, particularly when [they] enter the text with certain expectations about the genre of autobiography".

Her grandmother sends them to San Francisco for their safety and protection after physically punishing Rita for confronting two white women in a department store. In San DiegoRita becomes an absentee manager for two lesbian prostitutes.

Like many authors, Angelou views the creative writing process and its results as her children. A prevailing theme in Gather Together is how one Black female was able to survive in the wider context of post-war America, but it also speaks for all Black women, and how they came to survive in a white-dominated society.

Angelou begins this technique in her first book, and continues it in Gather Together, especially her demonstration of the "racist habit" of renaming African Americans. Critic Selwyn Cudjoe stated that in Gather Together, Angelou is still concerned with the questions of what it means to be a Black female in the US, but focuses upon herself at a certain point in history, in the years immediately following World War II.

A turning point in the book occurs when Rita falls in love with a gambler named L.

In Gather Together, for example, Angelou insists that she is not religious, but she refuses welfare, and even though she was afraid of becoming a lesbian in Caged Bird and presents herself as shy, awkward, and bookish, she pimps for a lesbian couple and becomes a prostitute herself.

She leaves her young son with a caretaker, Big Mary, but when she returns for him, she finds that Big Mary had disappeared with Clyde. Rita goes from job to job and from relationship to relationship, hoping that "my charming prince was going to appear out of the blue".

McWhorter criticizes Angelou for her decisions in Gather Together, and for not explaining them fully, and states, "The people in these flamboyant tales—the narrator included—have a pulp-novel incoherence". Angelou, still known as "Marguerite," or "Rita," has just given birth to her son Clyde, and is living with her mother and stepfather in San Francisco.

Her experimentation was part of her self-education that would successfully bring her into maturity and adulthood. Tolbrook, who seduces Rita and introduces her to prostitution. The book follows Marguerite from the ages of 17 to 19, through a series of relationships, occupations, and cities as she attempts to raise her son and to find her place in the world.

I looked forward to a husband who would love me ethereally, spiritually, and on rare but beautiful occasions, physically".Gather Together in My Name () is a memoir by American writer and poet Maya mint-body.com is the second book in Angelou's series of seven autobiographies.

The book begins immediately following the events described in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and follows Angelou, called Rita, from the ages of 17 to Written three years after Caged Bird, the book "depicts a single mother's slide down.

A literary analysis of the poem doorknobs by langston hughes
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