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The Truth Essay

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As we perambulate through life, we pass by people with unseen scars; people who have faced the unimaginable yet the remnants remain hidden and concealed away beyond what our eyes can perceive. Tremendous triumphs, exultations and tribulations underly every untold testimony. So often survivors of abuse have had their experiences denied, trivialized, or distorted; but the truth cannot be denied. For if there is light, darkness is unable to exist. Both, Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and the autobiography “Scars Don’t Hurt” by Margaret and Blake Davidson deeply submerge the reader into the world of sexual abuse and the suffering that it produces; yet the abused prevails and thrives in spite of their circumstances. The autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” reveals Maya Angelou’s traumatic childhood. Maya is continuously disciplined with beatings that were claimed to be “biblical approaches” by Mama (her grandmother) and her Uncle Willie. She is raped which inaugurates the beginning of her heartache, affliction and misery but also shapes her into a powerful woman. “Scars Don’t Hurt” follows a similar pattern. Margaret Davidson’s childhood was dictated by fear and abuse. Out of her vulnerability she finds true inner resilience and restoration in her beliefs. Through the duration of both books, family situations and relationships, the suffering victim of ravaging abuse, and the need to overcome horrendous conditions are closely linked, showing how some victims grow into unwavering solidity when faced with the catastrophic storms of life. 

“Children beginning life or early finding themselves without parents, sometimes with no one but themselves. They travel through life desperately in search of a home, some place where they can escape the shadow of loneliness, of solitude, of outsiderness. Such rejection a child internalizes and translates as a rejection of self: ultimately the loss of self worth.” Unfortunately, family can often be a source of abuse. Angelou was born into a fitful and dysfunctional family which resulted in the abandonment of herself and brother. Angelou never truly felt like she had a real home, she knew she was missing out on having parents but wrestled with the fact that even though she yearned to be loved, she resented them for deserting her. “Moving from the house where the family was centered meant absolutely nothing to me. It was simply a small pattern in the grand design of our lives.” (pg. 53). She has no home, nowhere to rest or feel comfortable. Angelou developed a copping mechanism of emotionally detaching herself from anything meaningful in the hopes that she would save herself the pain of disappointment. Her father was a selfish man who was incapable of loving her in the manner of a real father; leaving a vacant chasm inside of her, emotionally. Her mother made her living by gambling and participating in illegal activities and was continuously involved with several men who...

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