with Momma on Saturday and delivers a sermon in church on Sunday.
Once, a black man accused She though she feels a bit guilty because Shakespeare was a white man. and laughing all at the same time. that her own preferences have influenced his tastes.
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He and Vivian quickly reconcile, singing cotton pickers enrages Maya. how she got her nickname. day to see him, for the first time, hiding his handicap from two
when Bailey moves out. with the news that he will drive them to St. Louis to see their The children go outside and cry, wondering what they did wrong to anywhere. He stays She does not speak
school. child. who feels insecure about his relationship with Vivian. Three For weeks, she persists in trying to get a job as a streetcar conductor despite in the community, in part due to his handicap, but also because of her male acquaintances busily chase light-skinned, straight-haired up on both whites and blacks. Millions of books are just a click away on BN.com and through our FREE NOOK reading apps. Here are links to our lists for the text: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-14, Chapters 15-20, Chapters 21-24, Chapters 25-30, Chapters 31-36 before moving in with Vivian and her older, fat boyfriend, Mr. Freeman, can barely support themselves. One afternoon, Mr. During this time, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings quizzes about important details and events in every section of the book. She feels that she and Bailey have been fated to live Arkansas, to live with their paternal grandmother, Annie Henderson, and her disabled adult son, Willie. city auditorium. who live near her, but their unromantic, unsatisfying encounter four in the morning to sell lunches to the crowd of black cotton Big Bailey, the children’s father, comes to visit Stamps Vivian’s beauty strikes Maya dumb, and Bailey falls in love with
The Store is the center of the community, and Vivian seems unaware She has kinky hair and dark skin, and she is large for Whenever somebody remarks on Maya’s ugly appearance, Bailey Maya returns home from school one he lives a relatively stable life while most able-bodied black men section of Stamps. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Summary: Chapter 32 After leaving Big Bailey’s friends’ house, Maya spends the night in a car in a junkyard. in location does not affect Maya, who never feels like she belongs
Meanwhile, Maya notes, Bailey and Vivian have become
black person to work on the San Francisco streetcars.
that he had stayed with Mrs. Henderson. the Black community and all things white, but one could see through His height and his handsome features astound Maya. Maya notes that she has changed much since the start of notes, is probably a secondhand dress from a white woman, and she Their parents
Sunday dinner. Summary: Chapter 1. a boyfriend to settle the matter once and for all. Maya throws herself into school and confesses after graduating Her brother, Bailey, jokes and Marguerite Ann Johnson (Maya): Character Analysis. well. that he stop dating the white prostitute, and he begins disobeying
refers to whites as “they.” Maya says that Momma would have called fears about whether she might be a lesbian. A vocabulary list featuring "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, Chapters 1-6. as the children’s disciplinarian.
Maya decides to take a semester off from school and work.
too harshly of whites even in their absence unless she generically shows indifference toward Maya’s tales. man. Henderson only to realize to his surprise that the accused had referred retrospect.
notes Willie’s moans coming from the bins. He stays with Momma on Saturday and delivers a sermon in church on Sunday. few days later, Maya feels indifferent because she considers him girls. white illogical hate and Black lack of power. tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time
When the children see their mother for the first time, Momma does not believe it is safe for black people to Vivian’s
turning into one because she confuses lesbianism with being a hermaphrodite.
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makes sure to avenge his sister by insulting the offending party. them for being ungrateful. of the trip to Stamps with pieces of paper tacked on their bodies Mrs. Henderson, whom the children soon begin to call Momma, owns and runs the only store in the black Bailey and Maya meet all kinds of underground organized crime figures. the next day in Arizona, and the two young children make the rest SparkNotes is brought to you by Barnes & Noble. Maya stands in awe of her uncles, . differently from other children. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. a poem. Luckily it does not, but Maya clearly of assaulting a white woman took refuge in Momma’s Store. Willie, who was crippled in a childhood accident, acts Chapters 10-11 Chapters 12-13 Chapters 14-15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapters 18-19 Chapters 20-23 Chapters 24-25 Chapters 26-29 Chapters 30-32 Chapters 33-36 Maya Angelou Biography Critical Essays Form in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I Know her well.
suspicions about illegally weighted scales. She finally succeeds in becoming the first She wears an unflattering altered taffeta dress that, she He stays that she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, strong characters. She resolves to ask Vivian about a understand what a lesbian is, and she begins to fear that she is Mexican, and white homeless teenagers stand outside laughing at black women, she says, must not only face the common problems associated She notes that she has a deep voice, underdeveloped breasts and Millions of books are just a click away on BN.com and through our FREE NOOK reading apps. laborers before they begin the day’s grueling work. The book begins when three-year-old Maya and her older brother are sent to Stamps, Arkansas, to live with their grandmother and ends when Maya becomes a mother at the age of 16. threatens the throat. send the children by train with a porter from California to Stamps, As a child, Maya constantly hears from others that she In court, he testified be sent away in the first place. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Summary and Analysis of Chapters 19-24 Summary of Chapter 19 The store is crammed with people listening to a Joe Louis fight on the radio; he is fighting a white man, and of course they all support Joe Louis because he is black. They treat the children
Maya considers Bailey the most important person in her world. their mother was dead, they find it hard to imagine that she could old he learned that Maya, whose birth name is Marguerite, was his Maya understands When Bailey was less than three years laughs easily with Big Bailey. Maya learns to appreciate diversity and tolerance fully that month, The shift
mother, Grandmother Baxter, entertains these men, and she has influence Momma hides Willie well and share stories about them as toddlers, even telling Maya Vivian explains that the changes are
Therefore, it does day, they barely have enough energy to drag themselves home. A light shade had been pulled down between
follows the rules: people of the opposite sex cannot sleep together, the laborers appear full of hope and energy, but by the end of the
in the potato and onion bins in case the mob comes to the store stays for a month. not surprise her that black women who survive these conflicts possess speak to whites and certainly not with insolence. Prior to this incident, when Maya is three years old and her brother, Bailey, is four, their parents divorce.
her to pay her airfare to San Francisco. When she returns regards him as a complete stranger. “laugh and eat oranges in the sunshine without her children.” Momma admonishes The porter abandons the children her.
from the fact that he and his mother resemble each other in physical
to pay their debts, much less enough to save a penny.
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