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The Million Man March Essay

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Almost a million people who were deprived of any sort of human rights had stood up against the government to make a change. The voices of the people come from the poem “A Million Man March” by Maya Angelou which proves that together people can make a big difference even when they go against the government. Before this big change had happened though the dark skinned part of the nation were treated horribly and were pushed over the edge, this was explained using imagery. Also a stanza was repeated very often to remind people of the horrors they had to go through and that is’s time for change using the power of metaphors. Finally during the march there was a fair amount of repetition which was used to make the people stronger and more united by drilling the idea of change into the peoples heads so no one would backdown. After years of torture and horror ,finally, the dark skinned people have rights.

The author didn’t just describe the life of dark skinned people while in the process of doing that she used a lot of good imagery. Using imagery Maya Angelou carried over a strong message of life before the change: “You couldn’t even call out my name. You were helpless and so was I” (Million Man March lines 8-9). “You couldn't even call out my name” shows how weak all the people were (They couldn't even speak). Another meaning for this is that the people had such an insignificant amount of power that even speaking is forbidden (relating to basic rights). “You were helpless so was I” shows that the people are controlled so much that they couldn't even help each other or do anything but what they were told to do. This proves that the people were deprived of freedom, but they were also treated like dirt and were shamed.As quoted from the poem Million Man March by Maya Angelou “But unfortunately throughout history you’ve worn the badge of shame.” (lines 10-11) imagery had been used very powerfully and was directed right at the listener. “Badge of shame” and “through out history” is used to show that for a long time people have been shamed and bullied. This is also a way of saying that enough is enough, that the people have been deprived of any privileges and for too long this has been going on.

For a long time the participants had suffered from being treated almost inhuman like but there was a moment when the blacks where ready to stand up and fight for their rights. Maya Angelou used lots of metaphors to describe the people’s feelings and make the reader fell them too: “I say the night has been long” (The Million Man March, line 1 but repeated through out the poem). “The nigh has been long” is used metaphorically to say that enough suffering has been endured. This quote is related to suffering because when darkness is present monsters and such lurk about (scared). “I say” is metaphorically used to show strength and leadership. So “I say the night has been long” stands for stop being cowardly, you don't need to suffer just come together with all...

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