The first example of the emotional effect rape has on a person is Maya’s relationship with herself. Throughout the novel Maya struggled with finding her identity and feeling displaced and insecure. While some of this was caused by a lack of parental love or by a culture that praised white beauty, a majority of it is caused by her rape. After Maya was raped, she was suddenly both a woman and a child, yet she felt like neither. She didn’t know where she belonged because she had experienced a very mature moment at such a young age. In one instance when she had to use the restroom, she said “Signs with arrows around the barbecue pit pointed MEN, WOMEN, and CHILDREN toward fading lanes, grown over since last year… so when the urge hit me to relieve …show more content…
When living with her father in the summer, Maya got into an argument with her father’s girlfriend Dolores. After Dolores called Maya’s mother a “whore”, the argument turned physical and Dolores stabbed Maya with scissors. Not wanting to cause any more trouble she decided to run away, but was afraid to call her mother. Maya explained “I could go home to Mother, but I couldn’t. I could never succeed in shielding the gash in my side from her” (pg. 252). Maya did not trust that her father or mother could take care of her. Following the rape, Maya lost her faith in people and had a hard time relying on them. At a time when she needed her family the most she was alone. She did not feel safe around the people who were supposed to protect her. In Stamps, when Momma made Maya take off her dress to show Mrs. Flowers the seams, Maya felt anxious and tense. She said “I wouldn’t look at either of them. Momma hadn’t thought that taking off my dress in front of Mrs. Flowers would kill me stone dead”. Even though Maya was not with anyone threatening she still felt nervous. No matter how old she got, whether she was 8 years old or 16 years old, the feeling of uneasiness stayed with her the rest of her life. Mr. Freeman took advantage of Maya’s innocence and stole her ability to be trusting of
One way June protects her mom is she doesn’t wake her mom. In paragraph nine, June is in her bed, trying to fall asleep, but can’t. Her mom is in her bed, and asleep. June puts her hand over her mouth so she won’t scream. She thought thieves and murderers were walking up her stairs.
She watched her mother die slowly and she watched her dad struggle to take care of her. As a young kid or even as an adult watching the person who is supposed to raise you and teach about love, and everything you need to know in life will greatly affect what type of person you turn into. One of the most heartbreaking things you can go through as a child is watching your mother slowly die and then watching your father struggle to take care of her and provide for the family. Ida went through a lot, her mom was sick and then her mom’s sister Clara came to help out and caused a lot of drama in the family. All the fighting put a lot of stress on young Ida, “Mama charged Clara with sneaking into the house like an enemy, charger that she had always covered papa, berated her for taking advantage of illness to have her way” (283).
Ana never thought about the backstory to what had happened. Ana was upset because they promised not to leave each other and once Maya left her for a boy Ana's emotions got the best of her. Ana stormed out of the party and walked home alone in the dark out of anger of being alone at the party. A week after Maya got raped she had the courage to speak out to her parents and the police, she got put into a hospital for testing and to make sure she's ok and that she gets the help and support she needs. While in the hospital Ana would visit everyday to comfort and be there for her best friend.
With less than 200 people in her community and nowhere to go but forests for miles, living in an isolated town had its effects on Maya’s development. A prolonged experience of isolation within a small town restricts the opportunity to have a well-rounded experience of life and of the world. The primary ways that isolation
Rhetorical analysis of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings “I was really white and because a cruel fairy stepmother, who was understandably jealous of my beauty, had turned me into a too-big Negro girl, with nappy black hair, broad feet and a space between her teeth that would hold a number-two pencil” (Angelou 19). Maya Angelou was only a little girl when she realized that she was different than all the other little girls; racism had already affected her life significantly. The times she grew up in and the way society changed around her were some of the reasons she wrote the book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. In this book, Angelou talks about how adventures, romance, and adversity changed her through the eyes of her young self.
In Maya Angelou’s “Graduation” she spoke about a fictional character named Marguerite Johnson and her eighth-grade graduation. Marguerite was always kinda of lost and selfish at times, and never look at how others seen things. But as the story goes on Marguerite starts to find herself and understand others. “Graduation” isn’t just about how Marguerite pass on to the next grade but how she has grown from a lost girl to a young intelligence woman. In this story the reader is going to follower her on this surprising journey.
I said No.” This shows us Maya thinks how she thinks other people want her to think, and not how she herself would have answered. This leads us to believe that maya is not confident in herself to make the right decisions on her own and trusts the thoughts more than her own. As a child when you are the most impressionable, it is not wise to let a child rely off of someone else’s decision making skills and the child would become to dependant on others. Also in this book it
After informing her family of this traumatizing encounter, the perpetrator was hunted down and beaten to death. Maya didn’t speak for the next five years. Maya found joy in singing, dancing, and poetry, after moving to San Francisco in 1940. However, this joy was put on hold after having a son at age 16, and moving to San Diego. Being young and reckless waitress, Maya got tangled in drugs, prostitution, and strip dancing.
After testifying against him, several of her uncles beat the boyfriend to death in order to get revenge for what happened to her. Even though her grandmother helped her build her self-confidence, Maya felt guilty of causing his death by speaking his name so she stopped talking for about five years. In 1944, a short high school relationship led to a pregnancy in which she gave birth to her son, Guy, at the age of 16. Six years later she married a greek
Something the mere eye cannot capture. I could go on and write a whole paragraph on PTSD and all the other accompanying side effects but in the end we would understand just as much. Or we would just have to accept this person’s reality individually and not how we want to create another person’s reality for ourselves. With this in mind I would like to ultimately thank Laurie Halse Anderson as she did a wonderful job in portraying a young girl’s struggles. I would like to assume that rape is a more common occurrence for teenage girls than most people might think.
In the story a Genetics of justice the characters were trapped by a genetic curse of fear. There fear was of the Dominican republic leader at the time Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Trujillo was a crooked leader and because of it a lot of his people to feared him. In particular famous author Julia alvarez.
Sometime later, a police officer showed up to her grandmother’s home and announced that Mr. Freeman, her rapist, had perished. This news thoroughly disturbed Maya; she believed that her words had killed a man. On page 87, she explained that “if I [she] talked to anyone else that person might die too. Just my [her] breath, carrying my [her] words out, might poison
As she must have loved her husband, this has to have been a major hindrance for her to surpass. After she accepts this fact, she can almost be free of her guilt, but not completely. Proceeding this realization, the greatest obstacle she had to face was the fact that Cole’s mother has to file abuse charges against her husband. In her eyes, this is a difficult impediment in her path, but it is necessary for her to conquer it to be free of her guilt and fear. In real life, cases may not always be as severe as this one, but there are many instances where someone has to either succumb to a terror of theirs and live restricted by it, or they could overcome it and live a happier, self-oriented life.
Freeman sexually abused Maya, she is unable to control her body or words which signals the domination of her body by others. Even in the opening scene, there is a combination of Maya’s inability to control her appearance, words, and bodily functions. The inability to create a story about her body “pervades the remainder of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as Maya struggles to cope with her emerging womanhood” (Vermillion 252). Instead of letting the mute and sexually abused Maya represent the black female body in her text, she begins to reembody Maya by critiquing her admiration for white literary speech and writing.
Her town believed she was crazy because of the way she and her father carried themselves, the fact she had never married, and the way she dealt with grief. Throughout her life, her father turned away countless numbers of suitors, even well into her 30s, around marrying age. “None of the