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2 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings In the book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, Maya Angelou writes on situations that happened in her life. She narrates her experiences in her childhood that made her change her perspective of life. In the book, some of the themes that emerge from Angelou’s writing are racism, religion, childhood influence, abandonment, and family ties. The author manages to break the readers heart at the same time be able to crack them with jokes out of the abundance humor and wit. Allowing one to mourn in the tribulations and laugh in the accomplishments, it not only uplifts the black community, but also anyone else who has had challenges and victories in their life. Maya talks about success, losses, dignity and courage in the black community. The author has brought out the theme of racism, by showing how black people were getting undermined and discriminated by the white people. The book begins with Maya a three year old and her brother Bailey a four year old, being moved to Arkansas by her father to live with Momma, her grandmother. Maya’s grandmother, who strongly influenced her life, was a God fearing woman who owned a grocery store in a black community. In spite of Maya’s grandmother being comely both in the inside and outside, she found Momma’s way of dealing with racism being quite upsetting. An example is when Maya had a terrible toothache and was taken to a white dentist who initially had borrowed some money from Momma, and the doctor’s

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