Essay about Why The Caged Bird Sings

2032 Words Mar 8th, 2016 9 Pages
I was your average African-American little girl that didn 't know what her place was in life, pondering daily, what would I be doing in life in a few years? Growing up, I slowly had to realize who I was and learn to accept it. I wasn 't going to change so either I could be proud and confident or shut down and tear myself apart. Unfortunately later on in life I would slowly discover that I didn 't need to tear myself apart because there were several people out there that would do it without question for me. I learned a lot for being such a young child, not many of these lessons are learned in a child 's life because a majority of events that took place throughout my life were so intense. I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it (I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings). The clear truth of it all was I would change dramatically and every step of the way I slowly lost hope in myself and who I was. Even though I disclose how my life was damaging I told myself to keep pushing through it. I was involved in a series of traumatic experiences, and put through hell by people who were supposed to love me unconditionally, these people-oddly enough-inspired me to write novels and poems. April 4, 1928, the day I was brought into this beautiful world, not knowing how cruel and unfair it could actually be. I was born in St. Louis Missouri, but didn 't live long in St. Louis because of my parents divorce (Maya Angelou timeline). Bailey Johnson, my father, and Vivian…

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