Angelou also wrote an autobiography with this same title,. Maya begins to work for , a tyrannical white woman in town. When was three years old and her brother was four, they were sent from their father in California to their paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. Rather than stick around, Maya leaves home and hangs out with a community of homeless young adults for a month before heading back to San Francisco. Maya tries to love him, but his negligence and self-centeredness means a relationship never develops between him and his children.
The caged bird sings with a fearful trill Of things unknown but longed for still And his tune is heard on the distant hill for The caged bird sings of freedom. While the free bird gets to enjoy the full sky, the caged bird rarely even gets a glimpse of the sky. After Dolores cuts her in a fight, Maya runs away and lives for a month with a group of homeless teenagers in a junkyard. Shortly after they arrive, they move into a house with Vivian's latest sugar daddy, Mr. The novel ends as Maya learns that she can take care of her baby—she can be a good mom. There aren't any black dentists in Stamps, so Momma decides to take her to a white dentist instead.
Actually this contrast between the birds enables her to express her own emotions about freedom and isolation. Maya finally regains the will to speak, and feels very special at being noticed and taught by Mrs. Maya stands up to racism for the first time, and she even meets her first friend. When Maya is thirteen, the family moves to live with Vivian in Los Angeles and then in Oakland, California. This poem, which can be read in full , reveals the depth of those feelings.
Cullinan finally calls her by her real name. Finally, the day arrives; the graduating students get dressed up, and their families watch the ceremonies in a crowded auditorium. A stanza in the poem is repeated to catch the attention to the idea of the caged bird singing for freedom. The caged bird represents African Americans and their sorrowful plight compared to the white Americans. Stanza wise analysis : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings First Stanza The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. There is fear in his voice.
He threatens to kill Bailey if she ever tells, which scares Maya into silence. Freeman was beaten to death, she feels so badly about this lie that she decides to stop talking to everyone but Bailey. The reality of the life of the caged bird is revealed in this line. These ominous words are references to isolation and they are disturbing compared with freedom. The singing part can be reflected as to how those who have felt this restriction resorted to other means to feel freedom such as the author herself. Maya Angelou also uses irony to be cleverer and effective but less direct in conveying her feelings.
Maya endures several appalling incidents that teach her about the insidious nature of racism. These restrictions may not have been blatantly obvious, but they clearly felt by the Black American community. With the wind in his feathers, water and earth beneath him, and the whole sky with him, he feels majestic in his freedom and calls the entire sky his own domain. The fear of the unknown consequences of the actions done, of expressing freedom. Overall, he emphasizes community involvement, working together and dropping racial barriers as the solution to oppression. 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.
Maya feels at home for the first time in San Francisco; she understands the spirit of the city, yet has not escaped racism there. He tells of the much better opportunities given to the white school in town, and then mentions that some graduates of the black school have managed to become athletes. Not the ; more like the. In those times, this fear is justified. His wings are clipped, feet are tied, but his throat is not chocked yet.
Bailey sticks up for Maya when people actually make fun of her to her face, wielding his charisma to put others in their place. They live in a store that caters to cotton pickers and lumber workers—it's the hub of the black part of town. One day my family was sitting outside, and my mom was reading a book with a lot of famous poems. She feels that her cries are heard, but only as a soft background noise. Maya's competitor gets to give the class speech; but Maya is so excited about the occasion that she doesn't mind.