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1I know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya AngelouAyo OgunlajaTitle of the novelElementQuote/EvidenceExplanationI Know Why theCaged Bird SingsSETTING“…Marguerite and BaileyJohnson Jr., from Long Beach,California, en route to Stamps,Arkansas… ”(Angelou 6)“Weekdays revolved on asameness wheel. They turnedinto themselves so steadilyand inevitably that eachseemed to be the original ofyesterday's roughdraft.”(Angelou 165)“St. Louis was a new kind ofhot and a new kind of dirty.My memory had no picturesof the crowded-together soot-covered buildings. For all Iknew, we were being driven toHell and our father was thedelivering devil.” (Angelou 58)The story begins in Stamps, Arkansas, a very small town on the border of Arkansasand Louisiana, in a black ghetto where the Maya lives with her grandmother and heruncle that is paralyzed. Stamps is excessively segregated. It’s the 1930’s, whereslavery and the civil war are still fresh in the minds of southerners. Both black andwhite people stamps both are barely scraping by due to the great depression. Inaddition, it is a land with no time. “St. Louis was a new kind of hot and a new kind ofdirty. 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 fromStamps. Stamps was full of religious people with strict morals and ethical laws, St.Louis is filled with gambling, drinking, and prostitution. In Stamps, everyonepreserves food together. The food gets packaged and cooked in St. Louis. In St. Louisthe people are more formal and less friendly than in Stamps. At the time that Mayamoves to San Francisco, World War II has just begun, threatening the safety of thecity. The men are beginning to disappear as the draft takes effect. The Japanesepopulation also begins to disappear. “The Yakamoto Sea Food Market quietlybecame Sammy's Shoe Shine Parlour and Smoke Shop. Yashigira's Hardwaremetamorphosed into La Salon de Beauté owned by Miss Clorinda Jackson. TheJapanese shops which sold products to Nisei customers were taken over byenterprising Negro businessmen, and in less than a year became permanent homesaway from home for the newly arrived Southern Blacks. Where the odours oftempura, raw fish, and cha had dominated, the aroma of chitlins, greens, and hamhocks now prevailed.” (p.206) New black workers are beginning to take the place ofthe missing Japanese residents. A dramatic change is taking place that Maya is quitefond of. San Francisco is the first place that Maya calls home. San Francisco is alsothe first and only place in which the reader sees black people beginning to progress.