I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Honors English May 7, 2012 Honors English I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou is the daughter of Bailey and Vivian Johnson. She was the second child of Bailey Johnson and Vivian Baxter Johnson and the younger sister of Bailey, Jr. She went to George Washington High School and Mission High School. Some of her works include Gather Together In My Name and The Heart Of A Woman. She had many literary achievements throughout her career which include a Pulitzer Prize nomination for poetry, a Tony Award nomination for her role in the 1973 play Look Away, and three Grammys for her spoken word albums. (“Angelou, Maya.” Wikipedia.com) Maya Johnson is the narrator of the book I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. The novel is a story of her coming age. Bailey Johnson is Maya’s older brother and the center of Maya’s life. Momma Henderson is Maya’s paternal grandmother. Daddy Bailey is Maya and Bailey’s father. Vivian Johnson is Maya and Bailey’s mother. Mr. Freeman is Vivian’s boyfriend. (“Characters” Sparknotes. com) The characterization of the book occurs when at the beginning of the story, the author presents Maya’s character as weak and scared for her future and at the end her character ends up being very strong. (“Characterization” Sparknotes.com) The conflict of the book occurs when Maya and her brother Bailey are sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas because their parents were getting a divorce. As a result, through most of her childhood and youth, she never feels like she belongs to anyone or anything. Her emotional isolation is intensified by the fact that she is raped by her mother’s boyfriend at the age of eight. (“Conflicts” Thebestnotes.com) The book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings has many settings. The action begins in Stamps, Arkansas, in a black ghetto where Maya lives with her

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