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Alone

Alone

  

by Maya Angelou

Alone Society and Class Quotes

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Quote #1

There are some millionaires
With money they can't use (14-15)

Why does Angelou single out millionaires? It's probably to emphasize that loneliness crosses all social and class barriers.

Quote #2

They've got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone. (18-19)

Once again, healthcare fails us! Money can only buy certain forms of healing – and the alone-ness that this poem describes doesn't seem to respond to traditional healing methods.

Quote #3

The race of man is suffering (30)

By assuring us that all of mankind belongs to a single "race," Angelou erases all social or cultural barriers. Everyone is suffering, regardless of his or her circumstances.

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