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.
The book finishes after she graduates high school and gives birth to her first son. Essentially Maya Angelou describes the most relevant decade of her life. Which, overall was full of ups and downs but most importantly success. "Maya Angelou Not Just a Poet, but Civil Rights Activist". The Clarion ledger.
Maya Angelou proceeded not to speak for the next five years in fear that others might die. Eventually she acknowledged her blamelessness in her sexual assault and the man’s death. Soon after she found that she had a talent with words and the same strength and attitude as her mother. At sixteen, she became pregnant with her son Guy and raised him despite her young age. She worked various jobs, until working as a prostitute, nearly losing her son, changing her ways, and taking up performing.
Around the same time that this happened, Mama hurt her leg and couldn't do much ,so Maya had to do her jobs. Maya had to cook and clean her house and also went to her mother's job after school and cleaned houses. After Mama’s foot healed ,Maya told her brother about the school dance. Nurzhan really wanted Maya to go. Nurzhan had a talk with his parents to try and convince his parents to let her go.
Life demands a balance.” (Angelou, 219) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, an autobiography of Maya, perfectly describes how Maya feels trapped and caged throughout her childhood and life. Maya also wrote a poem named “Caged Bird”, which clearly speaks to the racism of her time. Maya felt caged throughout her life, and as the poem states, she longed for freedom- freedom from the horrible memory of rape and freedom from the racism surrounding her. The setting of this autobiography is in Stamps, Arkansas, an extremely racist small town. Trapped and caged in a small town, Maya realizes the racism of her time, a reality that no one should have to deal with.
When thinking of a historical figure, many imagine a president, king, or general that lead a country to greatness, but never realized some could be the ones who influence the minds of society. Although not thought of as anything, writers and poets hold the key to shaping the society’s mindset without even knowing it. Being a civil rights activist, social activist, and role model for women makes Maya Angelou a historical figure who has made a huge impact in American society and in American history. Born poor and black, she was a childhood victim of rape, shamed into silence. She was a young single mother who had to work at strip clubs for a living.
Marguerite Annie Johnson, known as Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928. She was a renowned American author, actress, singer, poet and dancer. Angelou has published three books of essays, seven autobiographies and several books of poetry. She was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She was a multi award winner and she got more than 50 honorary degrees.
Maya is a dynamic character and matures greatly from the start to finish. She becomes an adult during the story and learns that there is more to the world than just herself and Ana. Maya knows she has to be strong for her family as well as herself dealing with the tragedy. Kevin Erdahl is the son of a wealthy businessman and successful mother. He is also the star of the ice hockey team in Beartown.
A fearless and inspirational woman born in 1928 in Missouri, America. Angelou was exposed to the harsh realities of being an African American very early in life as she and her brother travelled alone to live with their grandmother. Angelou became muted for several years after being sexually
Louis, in which she gets molested by a man who is much older than her. Many years later, now in San Francisco, Angelou learns how to love herself and finds her own courageous and strong spirit to fight for her rights and dreams. It is a story of a girl who when weak the world laughed at and when strong the world marveled, for how could a black women be strong. Angelou challenges the boundaries placed on her and that is shown in this autobiography through her identity, the challenges she faced and the outcome of said challenges, turning her into a women that history will never forget. First, to understand a person’s achievements and reasons behind their success, one must understand where that person comes from.