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Life of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born an African American. One would feel the agony she went through to be born as such and in America. Her grandmother was raped and bore a child; this child later came to be her mother. Similar to the ferocity her grandmother experienced, she was raped as a child by her mother’s boyfriend who was later on killed by her uncles. Because of this, she didn’t speak for almost six years afraid that her words had killed the man. This must be the dawn of her path to being a writer, realizing that words are powerful. If it could kill then it could give life as well. When her parents divorced, her grandmother took good care of…

The film “Apocalypto”

The film “Apocalypto” depicts the ancient Maya culture as a super-cruel, psycho-sadistic civilization. This movie illustrates the life of tribesmen who live in a fear to sacrifice their lives. They always have to keep themselves prepared to escape from the enemies and save their family, their villages from destruction. This movie was very adventurous and successful historical based movie; however, its depictions of original cultures generated controversy. I think, this movie was an inaccurate representation of the Maya culture. I felt that, portrayal of the Maya as sadistic savages was violent and it will affect the picture of understanding Maya culture. However, this movie portrayed the Maya civilization’s environment and other rituals were pretty much accurate and similar to the…