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Becoming a Stronger Person I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a story about a Black female growing up in the American South during the 1930s and 40s Maya Angelou the narrator and author of this book writes about growing up in a society filled with racism and hatred From rape to racism Maya Angelou has experienced an immense amount of hardships and grievances her whole life Through these experiences Maya learns the true meaning of courage independence and trust she realizes that the hardships and various experiences in ones life can only make that person stronger in the end As a child Maya was a very quiet and passive girl who rarely spoke her mind When she was younger a couple of powhitetrash girls went into her grandmothers store and harassed her Maya was so scared that all she could do was curl herself up into a small corner and start crying unable to stick up to those girls However her sudden development of courage is exemplified when she goes to visit her father in California Maya gets into an argument with her fathers girlfriend Dolores and apparently Dolores ends up calling Mayas mother a whore The new Maya filled with anger responded by slapping Dolores across the face The small reticent child had turned into a courageous young woman In the early years of her life Maya had always been pretty dependent on her grandmother or brother However when she got older she realized that she needed to do something on her own As a result she went out and found herself a job Being a black girl finding a job was not simple but she managed without giving up Her sedulous work granted her the position as the first black trolley conductor in San Francisco She had succeeded independently and did not give up without putting up a fight Mayas one month stay in the junkyard taught her how to trust
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