The Heart of a Woman

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Angelica Cobia

Maya Angelou is an inspiration to all women around the world. Her strength is internationally known. In “The Heart of a Woman” Maya Angelou recounts her life events between age 17 and 19. She raises her teenage son, becomes a successful author, and becomes romantically involved with a South African freedom fighter, as well as other men in her life time. Maya Angelou is a woman for all of us to emulate. The book ends with Angelou’s son leaving for college and Angelou looking forward to newfound independence and freedom. Angelou’s life revolved around providing for her son. Watching him leaving was difficult for her as a mother. She also had to deal with things she hadn’t before “ I didn’t becomes nervous until he left. Then the reality of Lady Bay coming to my house slammed into me and started my body to quaking. It was pretty well known that she used heavy drugs, and I hardly smoked grass anymore. How could I tell her she couldn’t shoot up or sniff up in my house”?

Maya Angelou has been through a lot of hard ships in her life as she expresses’ in her book, dealing with being a single mother, trying to find love, and supporting her son. At 17 Maya angelou gave birth to her son Clyde who also became a poet. Her book represents feminism all the things that a woman has to endure, what woman go through and how woman are treated. Maya Angelou had to deal with racism, heartache and discriminations.

Her book depicts a single mother’s slide down the social ladder into poverty and crime. Angelou worked as the front woman business manger for prostitutes, restaurants cooks and prostitute clubs. Angelou moved through a series of relationships occupations, and cities as she attempted to raise her son without job training or advanced education. Maya has accomplished many goals in her. In 1951, Angelou married Greek electrician, former sailor and aspiring musician Enistasious (Tosh) Angelou. Despite the condemnation of interracial...
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