I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Within the novel I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings, written by Maya Angelou, Maguerite gets raped by her mother’s boyfriend Mr. Freeman in Chapter 12. This situation occurred when Mr. Freeman sent Maya to buy milk and when she returned from the errand he raped her. Mr. Freeman threatened to kill her and Bailey if she told anyone. Maya told her mother that it was Mr. Freeman who raped her and he was arrested. After his trial and his death Maya is influenced for the rest of her life in a negative direction. The drastic experience with her mother’s boyfriend will influence her life because Maya feels lost and insecure. Maya’s family life doesn't help fix the matter. Maya wonders what she did wrong that their parents wouldn't want her. Maya’s insecurity grows when she find out that her parents were living in the California. Maya doesn't feel loved and feel rejected. When Maya Even asks her biological Mother if she loves her, she answers, "God is love. Just worry about whether you're being a good girl, then He will love you.” Not a great confidence booster for our little Maya. These insecurities make it tough for Maya to meet people. When Maya goes to school other students make fun of her appearance and call her stuck up and arrogant. Throughout the whole book, Maya only has one friend; Louise Kendrick’s showing that no one wanted to be her friend. This starts the beginning of Maya's depression. After the rape Maya feels even more lost and insure because she feel insignificant and useless. The horrific experience also affected her life because Maya feels like is an ugly and not beautiful. Maya also feels insecure and unconfident about herself. To make matters worse, Maya constantly compares herself to her brother. While she has gap teeth, small eyes, dry skin, and kinky hair, Bailey Jr. is perfect and wonderful in every way. Within the novel she says “When I was described
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