Maya Angelou

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The narrative “Champion of the World,” by Maya Angelou presents us with the portrait of an African-American community living in Arkansas in the 1940s, plagued by segregation with racial boundaries and racial laws. The black community was not only need of a hero to bring them out of oppression, but needed someone to step them in the direction of equality. Joe Louis was that hero to both Angelou and her community. The fight between Joe symbolizes the prolonged racial tension within the community. Joe Louis, also known as the “Brown Bomber” was not just fighting to keep his title but was also defending the strength and will for the whole African American race in the eyes of Angelou. Descriptive diction is used throughout the narrative to set…show more content…
The fight symbolizes the struggle and ongoing conflict between the two races. When Angelou describes the gathering of the crowd: “The last inch of space was filled, yet people continue to wedge themselves along the walls of the Store,”she introduces the eagerness and excitement within the black community (Angelou). To these people it was a battle for their race; they feel that if Joe were to lose, they would be back to slavery and beyond help (Angelou). Joe Louis was the resurrection of the African culture. If Joe Louis, a colored man, could win, it would mean justice for the black race. Their race could not afford to lose in another aspect of life; “This might be the end of the world.” The tension between races has ragged on; blacks were raped, hung, beaten, and made to suffer. Then there was Joe Louis, “The Brown Bomber”, become the savior of the blacks. Maya Angelou enforces the tension between the races when she incorporates the words of spectators, “Joe’s gunna whip that white cracker like it’s open season,” and “he gone whip him till that white boy call his Momma.” By incorporating their words, it gives the impression of the tension and steaks of the fight. A black man getting attention like this was unheard of during the black races oppression. Maya feared that with a loss, the black would lose any chance they had at superiority to the white

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