In both “Caged Bird” and “Sympathy,” the authors purposefully used the enclosed bird’s sorrowful song as a representation of African Americans’ only remaining tool against various restrictions, explaining the theme about African American’s battle for deserved opportunities.  In “Sympathy,” the captured bird uses his song as an essential resource for communication and an indirect protest for his deserved opportunities. The author writes, “It is not a carol of joy or glee/But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core” (Dunbar 18, 19, 20). In this quote, the bird’s cries and sorrowful song were misinterpreted for happiness, although they were his only tools for demanding liberty. Even though the bird’s song is disregarded as cheerful, it is full of longing and anger, all of which the bird expressed indirectly through singing about his battles. As a result, the author used the bird’s misunderstood anthem to represent African American’s secret portrayal of struggles disguised under rhythmic songs, all of which were needed for protesting about deserved advantages and annihilating various boundaries. Similarly to “Sympathy,” the enclosed bird in “Caged Bird” used his song as a resource to overcome injustices despite his restrictions. The author notes, “His wings are clipped and/his feet are tied/so he opens his throat to sing” (Angelou 12, 13, 14). In this quote, readers can observe that despite the enclosed bird’s vulnerability, his song and words will remain present and unlimited. Although tieing the bird’s wings restrict his physical abilities, his perspective and feelings are uncontrollable, accurately connecting with African American’s decisions. Finally, in “Caged Bird,” the enclosed bird’s song is perceived by its surroundings but continues to be ignored, precisely representing African American’s use of their resources to protest, express their needs, and bring attention over various restrictions, therefore demonstrating progressing control. Thus, both authors in “Caged Bird” and “Sympathy” used the enclosed bird’s helpless song to represent African Americans’ only resource against multiple limitations, contributing to the theme about African American’s battle for liberty.