Comparing Life Doesn't Frighten Me and Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
This essay will compare and contrast 'life doesn't frighten' me by
Maya Angelou and 'still I rise' by Maya Angelo the theme of fear and
pride will be explored in this essay. The theme of fear and pride is
discussed in this essay because in one of the poems she is scared of
little things that scare and they is nothing to be scared of like the
dark, but in the other poem pride is the theme because she is proud of
One of the main similarities between the texts is that the poems both
use repetition. This is displayed in 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me'
because she says
"Not at all, not at all, life doesn't frighten me at all"
The quotation proves that this is like a chant. She is reassuring
herself that she is not scared however, the repetition ironically
emphasizes that she is actually scared.
Similarly 'still I rise' also uses repetition because she says
"I rise, I rise, I rise"
The evidence above demonstrates that unlike life doesn't frighten me
where the repetition is used to comfort her , in still I rise the
repetition is used to stress her confidence in a brighter future
therefore the poem ends in hope.
However a significant difference between the two poems is that they
are both set in different stages in her life. This is displayed in
'Life Doesn't Frighten Me' because she uses onomatopoeic words like
boo and shoo this highlights that the speaker is a child. "I go boo
make them shoo" the quotation proves that the child is trying to scare
away her fears. Conversely 'still I rise' discourse her adults life
"does my sexiness scare you...like ive got diamonds at the meeting of
my thighs". The quotation above proves that she is older because she
says that she has diamonds and only adults have diamonds.
Another main similarity between the two poems is that they both sound
like they are courageous. This is shown in 'Life Doesn't Frighten Me'
because she says that anything that would usually scares people
normally dosen't scare her "panthers in the park, all alone in the
dark, no, they don't frighten me at all" the quotation above proves
that she is not scared of things that normal people would be scared
of, she also reslises that reality is more scary than fiction.
Similarly in 'still I rise' she is saying that no matter what happens
she will rise nothing can stop her from being like normal people.
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