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Secondly, along with the use of helpless songs as single remaining tools, both “Sympathy” and “Caged Bird” continue to examine the idea of the enclosed birds’ dedication to freedom despite previous painful efforts and destroyed envisions. In “Sympathy,” the enclosed bird continuously uses his dedication throughout painful attempts to break through restrictions. In Dunbar’s words, “And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars…When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore” (12,16). In this quote, the helpless bird forcefully throws and injures himself in order to achieve liberty, relating specifically to African American’s continuous and never-ending efforts against limitations. Additionally, readers can observe the captured bird’s endurance despite old wounds, demonstrating that his painful injuries serve as reminders for previous attempts and encouragement for greater dedication. Similarly to the enclosed bird, failures and post injustices persuade African Americans to battle restrictions, as their wounds have transformed into tools for support and determination. Likewise, the captured bird in “Caged Bird” is faced with various moral and physical limitations but continues to portray persistence during his battle. The author comments, “But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams/his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream” (Angelou 27, 28).  In this quote, the enclosed bird has anticipated and dreamt before of advantages and liberty, but his visions were crushed and destroyed. The helpless bird’s desires represent his previous efforts and persistence at wanting to express his decisions, individuality, and longing for liberty, contrasting slightly with “Sympathy’s”  painful and violent perspective. As a result, the author used the captured bird’s constant perseverance as a representation for African American’s dedication for unreachable advantages and opportunities, therefore emphasizing their constant battle through the bird’s impactful and scarring failures. Thus, both authors in  “Sympathy” and “Caged Bird” explored the idea of the enclosed birds’ continuous persistence at achieving freedom despite previous painful efforts, adding to the theme about African American’s persistence for liberty.