Essay on I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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1) Summary of Character Traits
 a) School smart (Maya is smart. When she moves to San Francisco from Stamps, Arkansas, she is skipped a grade.)
 b) Caring sister (she always talks of her devotion to Baily)
 c) Determined (she wants to get a job with the streetcar company and she keeps bugging them until they finally give her a job)
 d) Proud (she lives with the junkyard kids instead of going back to her father’s; she slaps Dolores for calling her mother a whore)
2) Appearance
 a) African American, tall, skinny, small and squinty eyes, big feet, large gap between her front teeth, black hair
3) What The Character Wants
 a) Maya wants, ultimately, for her family to be happy. She wants the
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She becomes very tolerant due to some of her experiences. She also matures faster mentally than many other girls her age because of her situation and experiences.

From the time she was young and through adolescence, Maya considered herself ugly. She was a tall, somewhat lanky African American. She was skinny, and felt that her eyes were too small and squinty. She was also ashamed of her large feet.

Throughout the story, Maya is discouraged by the segregation of the blacks. For a long time she is denied the job that she wishes to have because of the color of her skin. Also, she wants her family to be together and to be happy. She is separated from her parents at a young age and lives with her grandmother and uncle for most of her childhood. When she is with her parents, she tends to feel secondary. There is always something a touch more important that she and her brother Baily.

Maya Angelou faces many hardships, yet manages to overcome them all, in her autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” When the book begins, Angelou is a young child, a mere three years old. As she grows up, though somewhat sheltered by her grandmother’s position as a general store owner, her eyes are opened to the current ways of the South. Blacks are lesser people that whites, and that was the way it was for her. On several occasions she watched in horror as young girls

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