I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

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i-know-why-the-caged-bird-sings-maya-angelou_UPDATESources: Biography.com, Caged Bird Legacy, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Poetry FoundationCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.ords mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.Mrs. Flowers, Chapter 15Main CharactersMrs. FlowersKind friend to young MargueriteDaddy ClidellVivians husband; father figure to MargueriteBig Bailey JohnsonMarguerites selfish biological fatherBailey Johnson, Jr.Marguerites smart older brotherAnnie Henderson (Momma)Marguerites strict paternal grandmother and caretakerVivian BaxterMarguerites supportive motherMarguerite JohnsonCurious African American girl growing up in the segregated SouthFamilyFriendshipMarriedSymbolsThe Caged BirdSymbolizes the authorThe Easter DressRepresents Marguerites lack of self-acceptanceThe DollSymbolizes Marguerites fantasy of being whiteBorn Marguerite Johnson, Angelou grew up in the segregated southern United States. Angelou's courage and creativity helped her overcome obstacles. She gained fame and recognition with a role in the TV series Roots, a Tony Award nomination, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.MAYA ANGELOU19282014AuthorI Know Why the Caged Bird SingsBy the NumbersYears I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings remained on the New York Times paperback best-seller's list 2Years young Marguerite refused to speak after a traumatic experience5Honorary degrees bestowed on Angelou>50Year Angelou read her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton1993Power of WordsSpeaking and silence are explored as forces of both destruction and healing.Finding CommunityMoving from place to place, Marguerite finds a sense of community in unexpected locales.RacismMany of Marguerites struggles are the direct result of racism and racist policies during segregation.RacismMany of Marguerites struggles are the direct result of racism and racist policies during segregation.Names & IdentityMarguerite searches for her identity as child, woman, mother, and African American.Set in the mid-20th century United States, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography of Maya Angelous childhood and adolescence. In describing the personal struggles of its author, it tells of the difficulties shared by many African Americans during a time of intense racial tension.Coming of Agein an Age of RacismTHEMESMaya Angelou1969EnglishAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageI Know Why theCaged Bird SingsNonfictionAutobiography

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