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					Maya Angelou (born 1928)--author, poet, playwright, stage and screen performer, and
director--is best known for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970),
which recalls a young African American woman's discovery of her self-confidence.

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Growing up in rural Stamps, Arkansas, with her brother, Bailey, she lived with her pious
grandmother, who owned a general store. She attended public schools in Arkansas and
California, and became San Francisco's first female streetcar conductor. Later she studied
dance with Martha Graham and drama with Frank Silvera, and went on to a career in
theater. She appeared in Porgy and Bess, which toured 22 countries; on Broadway in
Look Away; and in several off-Broadway plays, including Cabaret for Freedom, which
she wrote in collaboration with Godfrey Cambridge.

Maya Angelou, born April 4, 1928 as Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, was raised in
segregated rural Arkansas. She grew up in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. She is an
author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer,
director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist. By the time she was in her early
twenties, Maya Angelou had been a Creole cook, a streetcar conductor, a cocktail
waitress, and a dancer. Angelou's stories of her childhood spent shuttling between rural,
segregated Stamps, Arkansas, where her devout grandmother ran a general store, and St.
Louis, Missouri, where her worldly, glamorous mother lived. I Know Why the Caged
Bird Sings, a chronic....
Maya Angelou probably chose the title I know why the caged bird sings for her memoir
because the poem it self is about the struggles of life and how you should keep
perseverance, hope and strive burning within you always. Mayas' life in her book is so
similar to what the caged bird went through. They both felt restricted and needed to be let
free. They needed to be let free of their burdens, and break the bars that contained them
in so long. More or so Maya's life had hardships, tribulation, mischievousness, sadness,
and so much more drama than the average family. Even through all that the one thing the
caged bird and Maya Angelou had in common was that they never lost hope. That is why
I .... Racism is a very serious topic. In the autobiography of Maya Angelou's life I Know
Why The Caged Bird Sings the main character and her family is African American. The
book, taking place in the 1930's and 40' has examples of racism throughout. Not only are
some of the people racist, but they also segregate, reject, mistreat and are cruel to the
African Americans. Although this is tough, the African Americans got by, through
religion, outsmarting racist people and avoiding them.

The African Americans in the book mostly all reguralaly attend church. The most
religious person in the book is Maya's grandmother, Momma. Most African Americans
like church because God is fair and balanced.....

Although Marguerite Johnson experiences an amazingly difficult childhood where she is
often displaced and even raped at a young age, she is able to somehow overcome these
adversities and succeed in life. One would wonder how much psychological counseling it
would take to help a child that has experienced misfortunes such as these, but all it takes
for Marguerite Johnson is her big brother. Bailey Johnson provides for Marguerite in a



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way that no one else does in the entire novel. He gives her his friendship, loyalty, and
love at a time when she is vulnerable and needs it most. Bailey is also the most important
and only unvarying part of her life. In contrast to Marguerite, Bailey is attra....

Growing up and surviving in this complex cruel world can be painful. The agony of
learning about life and accepting oneself is a journey all people make at one point in their
life. The sense of belong is a never-ending search. People and events that touch our lives
can have a dramatic effect on us by influencing the decisions made as to finishing school,
choosing a career, accepting responsibilities, and taking control or being controlled.
Numerous people and events influence Maya, the narrator and main character, in the
book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Maya's natural mother did influence Maya's
decisions regarding living arrangements, finishing school and choosing a career. ....

Maya Angelo is introducing a lot of statements in the novel. But the main theme of has to
do with the pain of learning about life, coming of age, and self discovery. It is the story of
Mayas life in a world filled with racism and cruelty. All she wants in life is to feel loved
and needed, and she finally finds what she's looking for, when she gives birth to a child
and becomes a young mother.

The novel deals with minor statements such as racism. Ever since Maya was a young girl,
she was in fear of people who didn't like her because of her skin color. Even a school
teacher makes her realize that whites were supposed to be successful, not blacks.

Summary: "Graduation" is an excerpt of the autobiographical book, I Know Why the
Caged Bird Sings, written by Maya Angelou. While the book is autobiographical in
nature, this particular excerpt is much discussed amongst literary circles because of
Angelou's use of both objective and subjective narration.



"Graduation" is an excerpt of the autobiographical book, I Know Why the Caged Bird
Sings, written by Maya Angelou. While the book is autobiographical in nature, this
particular excerpt is much discussed amongst literary circles because of Angelou's use of
both objective and subjective narration. Objective narration describes the culture of
Angelou's local community, Stamps Arkansas. The passage depicts the entire community
of Stamps preparing for, and experiencing, graduation ceremonies at the local black
schools. Children are described as trembling "with visible anticipation" and the teachers
have now become "respectful of the now quiet and aging seniors." Wealthy families will
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