Analysis Of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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Sing Bird, Sing History can confirm that African Americans have been fighting for equality for a long time. Many African Americans have spent their whole lives fighting racism and fighting for equality. More recently today’s African American men are dealing with being wrongfully killed by police, a group of people who are supposed to protect and serve. Inequality has even made its way to television screens through the National Football League. In "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", Maya Angelou takes readers on a ride through the dark side of American history, showing readers how she deals with racism and discrimination by using her ability to overcome negativity and succeed despite having a difficult life. Some call I Know Why the Caged …show more content…
Bailey Johnson, Jr. is a very important character in the story. He is there as sort of the protector. He would always “take up” for Marguerite when even grown women called her ugly. “Oh Mizeriz Coleman, how is your son? I saw him the other day, and he looked sick enough to die.” To show just how much he loved Marguerite he would add another dig for good measure. Of course the women knew their sons were not sick so they would ask, “From What”, Bailey would reply, “From the Uglies.” Bailey’s character is there for balance. The story shows just how dangerous it was to be not only African American but an African American male. This is evident in the story about how Uncle Willie was forced to hide in a potato bin all night after an African American male had been caught messing with a Caucasian women. The ex-Sherriff told Marguerite’s grandmother, “Annie tell Willie he better lay low tonight”. He explained that the “boys” will be over later that night. The “boys” also known as the Ku Klux Klan is the most famous White Supremacy group ever. The Ku Klux Klan and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, are …show more content…
Louis, Missouri to show that she is growing up. The move also signifies another chapter in Marguerite’s life. Evan though she was only eight years old at the time, she was about to become a woman. Angelou tells that Mr. Freeman molested Marguerite at first to show that she missed out on someone showing affection toward her. Mr. Freeman tells Marguerite, “If you ever tell anybody what we did, I’ll have to kill Bailey.” Mr. Freeman had put fear in Marguerite since she loved Bailey soo much. That was all she needed to hear to keep quiet. Once Mr. Freeman was sure Marguerite would not snitch he actually raped her. It was Bailey her “protector” who convinced Marguerite that Mr. Freeman could not kill him, therefore allowing Marguerite to come

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