Overall, he emphasizes community involvement, working together and dropping racial barriers as the solution to oppression. Maya comes back, feeling much older, and begins to lose interest in a lot of things. In the course of Caged Bird, Maya transforms from a victim of racism into a self-possessed, dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice. As a result, she begins to apply herself in high school, determined to graduate. Bootsie A tall boy who serves as spokesman for the rules of the junkyard commune where Maya lives. .
Maya feels that her father would prefer it if she disappears after this, and runs away downtown. She is the most important influence in Maya's life. With these two boys, they had fulfilled African tradition so they wanted a girl. The bird is shown in a state of great tranquility. When Maya is raped by Mr. In retrospect, Maya feels partly responsible for Mr.
Unfortunately, since she is not close to Vivian, there is no one to assure her, and she continues to have doubts. Maya and Bailey despise him because he is obese and never remembers their names, and because he eats the best chicken pieces at Sunday dinner. The tone with which she writes the first and third stanzas so sharply contrasts with the second stanza, that readers can feel the difference. The last two stanzas depict once again the feeling of longing for freedom and how the author is indeed well-versed with the status of her people in her time. Joyce A sexually precocious fourteen year old who seduces ten-year-old Bailey, instigating his petty thievery of sardines, Polish sausage, cheese, and canned salmon from the store, then runs away to Dallas, Texas, to marry a railroad porter, one of a group of Elks that she met in Momma's store. Momma tells Maya to wait outside, while she goes in to talk to Dr.
But, a few weeks later, she finds out that she is pregnant. Although she is happy in the runaway commune, she wants more for herself; therefore, she decides to return to Vivian. The store is crammed with people listening to a Joe Louis fight on the radio; he is fighting a white man, and of course they all support Joe Louis because he is black. That threat alone Symbolizes her transformation from a self-conscious and nervous girl to a defiant young woman. In the novel Maya uses her masculine traits to break down sexist and racist boundaries in the early twentieth century. Actually this contrast between the birds enables her to express her own emotions about freedom and isolation.
The fact that the third stanza is repeated at the end is for emphasis because it reflects the two birds that are different. Maya found acceptance in her life through trial and tribulation. She says that the free bird has the freedom to move anywhere in the world, while the caged bird is in captivity, full of pain and rage. Hated by Maya and Bailey for being ugly, fat, and pompous, he freeloads meals from Annie. This poem parallels the oppression that African Americans were fighting during this time period. On his departure from home, he lovingly offers to care for Maya if she chooses to come along. She also rescues her daughter from the runaway junkyard commune when Maya contacts her.
Cullinan corrects this mistake on the day Maya is fired. It is a great insult to change a persons name without their consent and it is adding insult to injury in Mayas case when she is deemed a white name. The free bird thinks of another breeze And the trade winds soft through The sighing trees And the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright Lawn and he names the sky his own. Big Bailey does not respect, care for, or connect with Maya. After she stops speaking, Angelou and her brother are sent back to Stamps. In the first stanza, the author seems to want the readers to be accustomed to the idea of the being free in a picturesque guise of a flying bird soaring in the skies.
They are ostracized because of their color, and often have less freedom than that a white person. Thomas Lim December 9, 2010 English 2 Professor Padilla Themes of Racism and Segregation in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Maya recalls Momma adapting quite well to the very different world of California during this time; when she says she is going to leave, Bailey and Maya are nervous about living with their mother again. He is insensitive towards his children. Maya Angelou was an intelligent young lady… 934 Words 4 Pages was born on April 4, 1928, in St. Momma Henderson Former wife of Mr.
Maya was forced to go to the funeral by Momma, and there she was confronted with the reality of death for the first time. In addition to imagery, personification is another key ingredient to an expressive memoir. As she matures, Maya grows familiar with her surroundings, which can be seen through her use of metaphors and symbolism. The bird wishes to travail against all adversities. This leads to a long period of time where she refuses to speak to anyone. She turns to her mother to convince her that she is normal, but Maya does not feel secure after her mother's assurances.