A review of maya of angelous i know why the caged bird sings

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When Maya was eight and Bailey nine, their father came to Arkansas and brought them to live with their mother in St Louis. Living with their grandmother, "Momma", who owns a general merchandise store, and Uncle Willie, they suffer racist incidents both in the store and on the streets — nowhere feels safe.

This experience changed Maya in more ways than one and left behind scares that will never be healed. Her story continues in other parts of the United States like St. Born Marguerite Johnson and often called Ritie, Maya and her older brother Bailey were taken to l Maya Angelou was a poet and Nobel laureate who once gave an address at President Clinton's inauguration.

And some of the incidents she depicts are wonderfully funny: an enthusiastic woman in church screams "Preach it!

A review of maya of angelous i know why the caged bird sings

She also emphasizes the strong impact that a great teacher or mentor can have on a young person, and the power of familial love and religious faith. Born Marguerite Johnson and often called Ritie, Maya and her older brother Bailey were taken to live with their grandmother at young ages following their parents' divorce.

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In her dedication, Angelou also cites her parents as being positive influences in her life after they reconciled. Through out the rest of the book you can see a difference in Maya after the rape. The words were painfully appropriate. Her words allowed me to recognize how hope is born and sustained amidst social circumstances that constantly encourage failure. In the s, the United States was madly suffering from racial segregation, and Stamps, Arkansas, the setting for the beginning of the book, was no different. From the first page of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Angelou grabs your hand and leads you throughout her childhood as a young, black, girl living in the South, furiously pointing at moments and memories that have shaped her into the author she has become. At a young age Maya had the importance of education embed in her. Positive Messages Just as Maya Angelou reveals the degrading injustice that pervaded American life for blacks--and especially female blacks--during the time when she was growing up, she also shows the impressive courage, intellect, and pride it took to persevere under those circumstances. Her autobiography regularly throws out rich, dazzling images which delight and surprise with their simplicity: a call of nature in church "…a green persimmon, or it could have been a lemon, caught me between the legs and squeezed" , cold cathead biscuits that "sat down on themselves with the conclusiveness of a fat woman sitting in an easy chair," and many other usually unnoticed incidents of daily life. Email Address Send Away! Maya Angelous was born on April 2, in St. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors "I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare" will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Maya lived with her grandmother and her uncle in Stamps, Arkansas where her grandmother ran a store thats customers usually consisted of cotton pickers and lumber workers. Maya Angelou goes into explicit details on her rape and how it affected her as a person.

Freeman rapes Maya at the tender age of 8. Sex Sexual activity in the book ranges from confused to violent. After Freeman is murdered, she stops speaking, frightened of words.

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Maya's father is a womanizer; his sexual exploits are not described, but it is known that he is involved with multiple partners. A courageous glimpse into Angelou's life, this first memoir of hers easily merits 5 bright stars. Her mother has live-in boyfriends, but sometimes stays out all night and seems also to have multiple partners. Louis with her mother Vivian. A sophisticated neighbor, Mrs. She and Bailey continued to live with their grandmother until they had advanced beyond what the education system offered them in the segregated south. Also, there are stories of pretty graphic murders. There is an abundance of humor and wit throughout the book. As a contrast to the horrors of the outside world, Angelou finds solace in reading. Sent to live with her mother, Maya endures the trauma of rape by her mother's lover Mr Freeman "a breaking and entering when even the senses are torn apart". While there, she suffers the trials of adolescence, becomes the first black fare collector on the Market Street Railway, lives for a month in an auto junkyard, worries about her sexuality and gives birth to a child at His false teeth fall out and land at Miss Angelou's feet. In St. Pages: Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash.

She falls in love with Shakespeare, and her ability to read, understand, and explore literature at such a young age breaks the misconceptions that poor, black people, especially women, were not able to better themselves through education.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou