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Character Analysis of Annie Henderson Momma In Maya Angelous autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings the reader is introduced to a vast ensemble of complex characters Each character has a tremendous impact on Maya Angelous life One character who not only has great weight in Mayas life but is also one of the most beloved and admired characters is Annie Henderson Mayas paternal grandmother She is defined by an unshakable faith in God her loyalty to her community and a deep love for everything she touches Annie Henderson affectionately referred to as Momma has the greatest influence over Maya Angelou from childhood to adolescence Momma lives in Stamps Arkansas where she is dearly loved and respected by its residents She is the proprietor of the only general store the Wm Johnson General Merchandise Store in the black community Momma has a strong entrepreneurial spirit She has owned this store for some twenty-five years starting it as a mobile lunch center and eventually building it in the heart of the black community She lives in the back of the store with her handicapped son Uncle Willie Maya and her older brother Bailey Jr go to live with Momma when they were three and four years old Momma excepts them into her home with open arms and raises them for the majority of their childhood Momma instills in them a sense of right and wrong and raises the children according to stern Christian values One thing that makes Momma an important character is her unshakeable faith in God Every morning Momma rises from bed without an alarm clock at four oclock and starts her day with a prayer asking for God to bless her home and everyone in it When Momma is confronted with racism she looks to God for guidance An example of this is when Momma and Maya were outside of the store on a fine day and they happened to
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