I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Topics: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, Roots Pages: 2 (634 words) Published: December 4, 2013
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

In the novel "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", published in 1969, Maya Angelou wrote her autobiography full of emotions and surprises. The author, the protagonist, is a very interesting character that I'm going to present you. I'm going to present you this woman who had many hardships in her lifetime, and had the courage to write it.

During her childhood, Maya Angelou suffers from her appearance, from her displacement which she qualifies as "unnecessary insults", and also by the fact that she doesn't feel loved. She grows up as a Black Girl in Southern America and describes it as "painful". She never feels pretty, she hopes she'll wake up from a "black ugly dream" and reveal her true-self blond with blue eyes. Even when she sees her mother for the first time, the first thing that strikes her is her beauty. She thinks she is not as beautiful as her mother. She compares her mother to her brother, Bailey, and think they are both beautiful but not her. She is hard to herself. She thinks it is why she gets rid of her kids: "I knew immediately why she had sent me away. She was too beautiful to have children. I had never seen a woman as pretty as she who was called 'Mother.'(9.15)".

When she is eight, Maya must quit Stamps to go living in an unknown city named St Louis with her mother. St Louis is a big city. Too big for her. She doesn't feel at home is St Louis. Maya's life in St Louis changes her from Stamps, which is a little town where nothing happens. She says "I had decided that St Louis was a foreign country". Even her school is not great "we were struck by the ignorance of our schoolmates and the rudeness of our teachers". In Stamps, teachers are "friendly", but in St Louis teachers are more formal. She doesn't feel good either in St Louis than in her family.

Maya's parents abandon her and Bailey when she was three; they wonder what they did wrong that their parents wouldn't want them anymore. She doesn't feel...
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