Writings Of Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, in California (Lupton 1).
When she was three years old her parents divorced. Her father then put her
and her brother on a segregated train from St. Louis, California, to Stamps,
Arkansas, to live with their grandmother (2). That began the roller
coaster of her life. She went back and forth from her mother to her
grandmother on a couple of occasions. When she was seven, she returned to
live with her mother. She thought of it there as a foreign town because
it was not like what she was used to. This stay ended when her mother’s
live-in boyfriend raped her. After that she returned to her grandmother
and was a voluntary mute (“Maya” 16). At the ...

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graduated from high
school in 1945 (“Maya” 18). When she was growing up, she suffered from
people being racist toward her. For example, when she was younger her
grandmother took her to a white dentist that refused to put his hands in a
black persons mouth (Arensberg 118). Occasions like such convinced her
that she had to take the pain and move on. Much of Maya Angelou’s writing
stresses the themes of courage, self-acceptance, and realization of one’s
life (“Maya” 18).
One night while having dinner with Jules Fieffer, he convinced her
that the story of her life was worth telling. She then had the courage to
sit down and write I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Rosenfield 36). The
caged bird is symbolic of a chained slave. This book taught her how to
shift through pain (Lupton 15). Most of her works relating to her life,
are autobiographical. It is needed to explain her internal struggles
(Holte 106). In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings she shows how it is hard
to be both black ...

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