I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Essay

1014 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Maya Angelou, in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells her story of how and when she grew up. Maya found acceptance in her life through trial and tribulation. Maya main theme is accepting yourself and how much she dislike the racism in the world. Maya says that we are all the same, nobody should be treated more than the other. Maya also have many people coming in and out of her life. In the book various amount of characters are talked about but some aren 't as important.
The title of the book, “I know why the Caged Bird Sings” comes from the book came from a poem called “Sympathy”, by Paul Laurence. In the poem it says, "When he beats his bars and he would be free. It is plea, that upward to Heaven he flings. I know why the caged bird sings!" According to Edward, the title “Caged Birds”, says if you’re in a cage you don’t have freedom like others. Maya thinks she doesn’t have the freedom like the whites.
The main character is Marguerite Johnson,F also known as “Maya” in the book or even in person. Maya doesn’t like herself. She wishes to be white because she doesn’t like to be black. Maya wore a big puffy Easter dress to church that she didn 't like at all. The dress shows that not all beauty has to come from white people, Maya thought if she put on the dress that she would turn from an ugly black person to a beautiful white girl. Maya doesn’t accept herself. At the beginning of the book, she describes herself as, “a too-big Negro girl, with nappy black hair, broad…

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