Gather Together In Maya Angelou's Name



"A baby's love for his mother is probably the sweetest emotion we can
savor."
(Angelou)
By consistently weaving the theme of motherhood into her literature,
Maya Angelou creates both personal narratives and poems that the reader
can relate to. Her exploration of this universal theme lends itself to a
very large and diverse audience. Throughout Angelou's works, she allows
her followers to witness her metamorphosis through different aspects of
motherhood.
Well-worked themes are always present in Angelou's works- self-
acceptance, race, men, work, separation, sexuality, and motherhood.
However, Angelou uses the latter to provide "literary unity" (Lupton 7-8).
Maya Angelou was born ...

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says of Caged
Bird (in his Black Autobiography in America, 1974): "Continuity is
achieved by the contact of mother and child, the sense of life begetting
life that happens automatically in spite of all confusion- perhaps also
because of it."
Annie Henderson is a God-fearing, independent woman whose firm hand
leads Maya throughout many rough spots in her childhood. It is through Mrs.
Henderson's values of self-determination and personal dignity that Maya's
idea that she is "shit color" slowly fades away (Vermillion 33).
Maya fails to see her grandmother's negative traits. She sees only
a woman that many people, both white and black, respect. The general
store that Annie owns is the center of activity in Stamps. This
centralization of the store has a direct correlation to the way Annie is
the moral center of Maya's childhood family (Lupton 8-9).
After ten years of living with Momma Henderson, Maya and Bailey are
sent to join their mother in St. Louis. By the time the ...

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