Book Report on Maya Angelou's "The Heart of a Woman"

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Maya Angelou’s The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou chose to exercise her own quote, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you,” through her various autobiographies and poems. She did this so that readers may discover her extraordinary past and possibly even learn from it. Formerly known as Marguerite Johnson, Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri and was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. She is an African American female author, poet, playwright, and actress and is mostly associated with her most popular autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. One of her writings, The Heart of a Woman is the fourth of six autobiographies that was published in 1981 and it narrates her life from 1957-1962.…show more content…
These series of events are factors which led to unhappiness in her relationship with Vusumzi Make. Even though her and Make never married, she still felt obligated to stay with him because she felt as if “he needed her, she would be a help to him, she would be a fool to give him up to whorish white women in Amsterdam, and she wouldn’t be betraying the whole struggle… [In addition], Guy would have a chance to have an African father and he being African would add an enriching spice (Angelou 119).” Upon moving to Cairo, Egypt along with their unromantic relationship, she plays the official wife to Make. While there, she also accepts a position as assistant editor at the Arab Observer. On a regular basis, Vusumzi Make shows that he has romantic interests other than Angelou from his perfume-wrenched and lipstick-stained clothing. Angelou never confronted Make and she also hid that her love for him has evaporated (Angelou 235). Maya Angelou eventually decides to leave Vusumzi Make after he confessed to having sexual affairs with Egyptian prostitutes. However, before Angelou can leave her once attractive husband, their relationship will have to be tried by their community of friends. Subsequently, Angelou receives permission to leave Make after six months. During those six months, Guy graduates from high school and Angelou accepts a job in

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