I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Chapters 1-6 Summary

Jacqueline Gutierrez
2/03/13

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Chapter 1: Maya writes about the time when she and her older brother, Bailey, were shipped off to live in Arkansas from California with their grandmother. Their parents divorced when Maya was 3 and Bailey 4. The parents sent Maya and Bailey to Arkansas with a porter, but the porter abandons them in Arizona, leaving the two siblings to find their own way to Arkansas. Once Maya and Bailey arrive to their grandmother’s house, Annie Henderson, and her disabled son, Willie, the two siblings begin calling her “Momma”. Mrs. Henderson is a worker at and owns the only store in the black section of the Stamps. In the ...

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around the neighborhood but taken as more of a joke. One day when Maya is coming home from school, she sees Uncle Willy at the Store speaking to two teachers from Little Rock but hiding his handicap. Maya doesn’t say anything because she understands that Uncle Willy is tired of everyone looking down onto him. In this chapter, Maya also becomes fascinated and excited about reading, especially William Shakespeare, but she does not say anything to Momma because she is afraid she won’t approve of her “love for him” because he is a white man.

Chapter 3: Maya becomes fanatical about measuring dry goods in the Store with only the use of sight that she disciplines herself for messing up in which she can no longer eat pineapples. Maya begins to tell us about the mood of the story throughout the different time of days. In the morning, it’s full of possibility. In the evening, it’s exhausting. And just before bed, it’s full of hope again. One day, after Maya and Bailey finished there ...

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