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Maya Angelou Courage

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In Maya Angelou’s I know why the caged Bird Sings Maya goes from being a very young and sporadic girl to a loving and nurturing mother. Throughout Maya’s life she goes through many trials and tribulations. By finding refuge and strength in her family she surpasses racism, rape, and displacement issues.
Maya adores her older brother Bailey Jr. Bailey is one of the most important people in young Maya’s life. They both share many common interests, such as reading and playing games. Bailey is smart and very mature beyond his age. Though Bailey is bold, confident, and well-liked, he also shows deep sympathy for Marguerite. Maya feels comfortable asking Bailey for advice, and therefore she trusts him with all of her deepest emotions. During the time following her rape she went completely
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Maya is captivated by Vivian’s beauty and Bailey falls in love with her at first sight. Vivian treats Maya and Bailey fairly well, and it is hard to understand why she would have sent them so far away. “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power" (9.15). When Maya gets a job as a conductor, Vivian drives her to work at all hours of the day and night. When Maya gets pregnant, Vivian is there to teach her how to care for her baby boy. When she discovers her boyfriend raped Maya she immediately kicks him out. Most would say that Vivian is a bad mother, but she teaches her many things about being confident, enjoyable, and useful in the modern world tools she can add to that Momma gave her.
In I know why the Caged Birds there isn’t some triumphant ending just a quiet one. Maya has a baby boy. “Just as gratefulness was confused in my mind with love, so possession became mixed up with motherhood. I had a baby. (36.24)”Her baby loves her, and she becomes the loving mother that she never really had. Family was so essential to Maya in her childhood by helping shape Maya’s character and
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