She does display her mother's temperament, though, as she is hot-tempered and violent in their encounter. Maya takes the train down to Southern California to spend the summer with her father and her father's girlfriend,. She is beautiful, educated, and part of a. The last straw comes when Bailey encounters a dead, rotting black man and witnesses a white man's satisfaction at seeing the body. She runs the general store in her hometown of Stamps, Arkansas.
From the outset, the author demonstrates a humanistic sympathy for the downtrodden Southern black. A few poor white girls mock Momma, and then one does a handstand, showing off the fact that she isn't wearing any underwear. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Marguerite gets to absorb teachings from her mother Vivian , Mrs. The account ends as Maya begins to feel confident as a mother to her newborn son. She never has before so she wings it, at night, in Mexico, on mountain roads. The novel ends as Maya learns that she can take care of her baby—she can be a good mom. She defies racist hiring policies in wartime San Francisco to become the first black streetcar conductor at age fifteen.
Her portrait is a Biblical study of life in the midst of death. The author paints a picture of freedom where the author portrays a feeling of no restriction. Freeman had touched her before, she lies and says no because she feels she has to. Reminds me of Nelson Mandella all those years in prison. He uplifts with good words of a good future. He yells at her and storms out.
Freeman's death because she denied in court that he had molested her prior to the rape. They drive to a tiny mountain town, and go to a cantina where everyone knows Daddy Bailey. Maya begins to work for , a tyrannical white woman in town. His wings are clipped and feet are tied; there is only a little hope of freedom, and so the bird opens his throat to sing. They have a brief romance, but Bailey is heartbroken when she leaves town. The novel discusses various forms of oppression that she had to face as well cope with them.
Plot Overview In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou describes her coming of age as a precocious but insecure black girl in the American South during the 1930s and subsequently in California during the 1940s. However, there is already an addition of affirmation that despite all those trials, the author and the people residing in those times are not afraid anymore to take a stand and fight for their freedom, not literally but figuratively. She feels bad for him because it is tough for even healthy black men to make a living. Joyce is a sexually interested girl with some family problems. Believing that she has become a mouthpiece for the devil, Maya stops speaking to everyone except Bailey. A passage from chapter two reads: ''Uncle Willie, with his starched shirts, shined shoes and shelves full of food, was the whipping boy and butt of jokes of the underemployed and underpaid.
Journalist Greg Hitt remarks on the recurrent themes of growth and self-evaluation, which she pursues with honesty and candor. Her time there is only made worthwhile by Miss Kirwin, a excellent teacher who treats Maya without prejudice. She is just jealous and petty. Maya doesn't think he is making any sense; he is barely 16 and can't really take care of himself. Flowers sends Maya home with books, expecting her to read them aloud.
Wings are associated with flight, which in turn is associated with freedom. He tells them that he saw a dead black man fished out of the pond; white man stood over the body and smiled, which disturbed Bailey. The free bird thinks of another breeze And the trade winds soft through The sighing trees And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright Lawn and he names the sky his own. Johnson General Mercantile Store is the hub of daily routine for the blacks in Stamps. Neither does having sex with one of the neighborhood boys—but that does get her pregnant. Reaffirming the idea that the bird opens his mouth to sing because his desire for freedom and his desire to express himself cannot be contained. This event signifies the daunting, and arduous path ahead for little Marguerite.
She has the respect of both black and white people although more so the black. Maya becomes enraged and retaliates by breaking the woman's fine china. The poem is indeed a work of art. But, the dress turns out to be drab and ugly, as Maya laments that she is black, and unattractive as well. After a year's time, Marguerite has learned of the struggles within her community, and that despite the destitution that people suffer, she is to remain among her own. But above all, their wealth that allowed them to waste was the most enviable. Third Stanza The third stanza reverts back to the free bird, further cementing the difference between the free bird and the caged bird in the minds of the readers.