Essay on The Struggles in Maya Angelou's Life

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The early 1930’s a time where segregation was still an issue in the United States it was especially hard for a young African American girl who is trying to grow and become an independent woman. At this time, many young girls like Maya Angelou grew up wishing they were a white woman with blond hair and blue eyes. That was just the start of Angelou's problems though. In the autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou goes into great depth about her tragic childhood, from moving around to different houses, and running away and having a child at the age of 16. This shows how Maya overcame many struggles as a young girl.

At a young age, Maya Angelou’s parents got divorced. After the divorce was final Maya and her older
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Maya Angelou’s parents divorce and being raped at age 8 was just the beginning of her tragic childhood. As she continues to grow up Maya is going to face much bigger obstacles such as encountering racism, running away, and having a son at 16 years old.

Once again Maya moves back to Stamps Arkansas to live with her grandmother, at this time Maya is still mute. “Angelou becomes a voluntary mute and lives in a world of silence for nearly five years” (Hanford). That 5 years of silence comes to an end when Maya meets Mrs.Flowers. Mrs.Flowers introduces poetry to Maya, poetry catches Maya’s attention and she instantly falls in love with how powerful the words sound and how they flow together. “‘How do you like that?’ It occurred to me that she expected a response. The sweet vanilla flavor was still on my tongue and her reading was a wonder in my ears. I had to speak. I said ‘yes ma’ma.’ It was the least I could do, but it was also the most” (Angelou 100). On that day at Mrs.Flowers house, Maya Angelou finally speaks to someone who was an adult instead of her older brother. As time goes on “Mrs. Flowers helps Maya to begin to have some self-confidence” (Walker) Her confidence is strong until her grandmother takes her to the only dentist in Stamps, Dentist Lincoln. Dentist Lincoln was a white man who does not take African American patients. however he owed Maya’s

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