I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou Reading log - I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Title of the novel I Know Why the Caged

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1 I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Ayo Ogunlaja Title of the novel Element Quote/Evidence Explanation I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings SETTING “…Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr., from Long Beach, California, en route to Stamps, Arkansas… ”(Angelou 6) “Weekdays revolved on a sameness wheel. They turned into themselves so steadily and inevitably that each seemed to be the original of yesterday's rough draft.”(Angelou 165) “St. Louis was a new kind of hot and a new kind of dirty. My memory had no pictures of the crowded-together soot- covered buildings. For all I knew, we were being driven to Hell and our father was the delivering devil.” (Angelou 58) The story begins in Stamps, Arkansas, a very small town on the border of Arkansas and Louisiana, in a black ghetto where the Maya lives with her grandmother and her uncle that is paralyzed. Stamps is excessively segregated. It’s the 1930’s, where slavery and the civil war are still fresh in the minds of southerners. Both black and white people stamps both are barely scraping by due to the great depression. In addition, it is a land with no time. “St. Louis was a new kind of hot and a new kind of dirty. My memory had no pictures of the crowded-together soot-covered buildings. For all I knew, we were being driven to Hell and our father was the delivering devil.” (58). The town shows no presentation of progression. Later, the setting shifts to St. Louis, San Francisco, and Southern California. The city is tremendously different from Stamps. Stamps was full of religious people with strict morals and ethical laws, St. Louis is filled with gambling, drinking, and prostitution. In Stamps, everyone preserves food together. The food gets packaged and cooked in St. Louis. In St. Louis the people are more formal and less friendly than in Stamps. At the time that Maya moves to San Francisco, World War II has just begun, threatening the safety of the city. The men are beginning to disappear as the draft takes effect. The Japanese population also begins to disappear. “The Yakamoto Sea Food Market quietly became Sammy's Shoe Shine Parlour and Smoke Shop. Yashigira's Hardware metamorphosed into La Salon de Beauté owned by Miss Clorinda Jackson. The Japanese shops which sold products to Nisei customers were taken over by enterprising Negro businessmen, and in less than a year became permanent homes away from home for the newly arrived Southern Blacks. Where the odours of tempura, raw fish, and cha had dominated, the aroma of chitlins, greens, and ham hocks now prevailed.” (p.206) New black workers are beginning to take the place of the missing Japanese residents. A dramatic change is taking place that Maya is quite fond of. San Francisco is the first place that Maya calls home. San Francisco is also the first and only place in which the reader sees black people beginning to progress.

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