I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, By Maya Angelou

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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. …show more content…
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 young age she thought that Mr. Freeman just loved and cared for her, just like any little girl would. But it went farther and farther. Mr. Freeman eventually forces her to have sex, and threatens …show more content…
Kids’ parents today often abandon them and give them to other people to take care of them. In I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya is like many other kids and abandoned by her mother and father, and she has to learn to take care of herself. When a person is abandoned, they learn about the hard roads of life. Nobody is there to help them through it. A person is alone and learns to live life the best that they know how. Abandonment is a big part of Maya’s life. For example, when she first moved to Stamps it was because her mother and father could not take care of her or Bailey. Maya had to deal with the fact that her mother and father did not want the responsibility of taking care of her or her brother. So, she and Bailey take care of each other. They help each other out in bad situations, and they can only talk with each other. For example, when Maya was raped the only person that she could talk to was Bailey. So, at a young age Maya already was learning to take care of herself. This leads to many other times of being abandoned. When Maya and Bailey moved back to their mother’s house in California she sent them back to Momma’s house in Stamps, because she couldn’t deal with the fact that Maya had been raped by her boyfriend. Maya then had to deal with the rape all by herself and the only guidance she had was from a friend Mrs. Flowers. Maya also is abandoned when she goes to spend the summer with her father. This is because

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