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Why is Maya embarrassed when Momma neglects to use proper verbs when speaking such as theinstance with Sister Flower when momma says, “How you, Sister Flowers?” (94).Throughout this biography, there is a motif of the importance of the written and spokenword. The importance of the written word displays itself early on in the story. When Mayadiscovers her love of reading, prompted by stories from Horatio Alger, she notices theimportance of the written word. However, she neglects the spoken word because she is shy andhesitant after the rape by her mother’s boyfriend, Mr. Freeman. She meets her Momma’s(Grandmother’s) friend, Sister Flowers and Mrs. Flowers shows Maya the importance of thespoken word. She explains that through orating the written word, the words on the pages andthen brought to life through the voice.Maya, throughout her life, always seemed to pay attention to how people spoke inconversation as well. When meeting Mrs. Flowers for the first time, she explained how she hadan honorable aura about her that made Maya respect her completely. Therefore, when Mommawould speak to Flowers and neglect to even use a verb in conversation, Maya was embarrassed.

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