I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Essay

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In the novel I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou goes from a little southern black girl who wishes to be a “a long and blonde haired, light-blue eyed, white girl”, to a very mature young adult that is proud of her race. Throughout ’s (Maya’s) life she goes through many difficulties and triumphs. Some of which a person could never imagine of going through. Maya goes from being a very shy and strange black girl, to a certain and self-confident young woman. In I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou, has to deal with prejudice, rape, and also the issues of abandonment in her course of becoming a mature woman.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings takes place in the 1930s to the 1940s. During this time period Blacks were
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He says that he would rather put his hand down a dog’s mouth than Maya’s. Another example of Maya beginning to take pride in her race is when a white man came to her grammar school graduation and spoke of the future for the white and black school. The white school would get all the new Science equipment, and the black students would get a playing field. He told the black students that the whites were going to be the smart “Galileos and Madame Curries”, and the blacks were going to be the athletes, “maids and farmers, handymen and washerwomen.” This had angered Maya and others and they all participated in the Negro National Anthem. She then said “I was no longer simply a member of the proud graduating class of 1940; I was a proud member of the wonderful, beautiful Negro race.” Maya overcomes the discriminations of this time and starts to slowly mature. She has many other hard things to overcome on her path to becoming a mature young adult. Maya has to deal with the hardest thing that anybody could imagine a child to go through. She deals with a rape. Maya’s rape was a very difficult thing to overcome. It took a lot of time and help from others. Maya’s mother had let her and Bailey (her brother) to come and live with her and her boyfriend, Mr. Freeman. No girl would ever think that a man would ever do something as bad as rape to them. Maya looked at Mr. Freeman as a “father figure”. He was the only real man that was a part of her life. Being at a

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